In a skidding situation, take your foot off the gas pedal. If possible, do not use your brakes. Pump the brakes lightly if you are about to hit something. Steer the car into the direction of the skid to straighten the vehicle; then steer in the direction you wish to go
Always test your brakes lightly after driving through deep water. Brakes may pull to one side or they may not hold at all. You can dry the brakes by driving slowly in low gear and applying the brakes.
Right Wheels Off Pavement
If your right wheels fall off the edge of the road, take your foot off the gas pedal, and hold the wheel firmly. Steer in a straight line and then brake lightly. Wait until the road is clear. At this point, turn back on the pavement sharply and at a slow speed.
Car or Motorcycle Approaching in Your Lane:
Often, other vehicles may be approaching in your lane as they are passing. If this happens, sound your horn and brake sharply. Be prepared to steer for the side of the road or even the ditch.
Having a tire blowout can be quite unnerving. Remain calm and do not use your brakes if this happens. Concentrate on steering your vehicle, and allow the vehicle to slow gradually. Brake softly when the car is under control, and then slowly pull completely off the pavement to replace the blown tire with the spare.
-Tampa Bay Driving Staff
When you are driving, things can happen very quickly. You may have only have a fraction of a second to make the right move. The following are common roadside emergencies and guidelines for handling them:
If your vehicle has a breakdown while you are driving, park the disabled vehicle where it can be seen for 200 feet in each direction. Move the vehicle so that all four wheels are off the pavement. At this point, turn on your emergency flashers, and move all passengers out of the vehicle on
the side away from traffic. You can tie a white cloth on the left door handle or antenna or raise the hood to alert others that you are in need of assistance. If possible, carry a cellular phone for these types of emergencies.
Jammed Gas Pedal
If this occurs, keep your eyes on the road, and tap the gas pedal lightly. Try to pry the pedal up with the toe of your shoe. Shift into neutral and use your brakes. You may also turn off the ignition, but do not turn the key to the lock position, as your steering wheel will lock.
If your brakes fail, pump the brake pedal hard and fast. Shift into a lower gear to slow your vehicle. Apply the parking brake slowly, so you do not skid. Rub your tires on the curb to slow your vehicle, or pull off the road into an open space.
Remember to always be alert and aware of your surroundings when driving a vehicle.
Have a wonderful weekend Tampa.
-Tampa Bay Driving Staff
Thank you for your success in making this country a better place for us. We, our children, and our children’s children will surely benefit so much!
You stood for what you believe is right and fought for freedom that is priceless. This day, we assure you that your efforts will always be remembered.
We salute our honorable Veterans who fought for us, who battle to redeem our freedom and who made our country safe and free.
Happy Veterans Day!
Checking your tire pressure regularly is essential to safe driving. These are some quick steps to checking the tire pressure and tips on keeping your tires in good condition:
- Each vehicle manufacture recommends a certain pressure for your tires. You can find this on decal inside the glove box or inside the driver’s side doorjamb.
- Pressure levels may differ for front and rear tires.
- Always make sure the tires are cold when checking the pressure, the recommend pressure you find from the manufacture are for cold tires. Driving heats the tires, which makes the air inside expand causing the pressure to be several pounds higher.
- Be sure to use a good tire gauge. Usually the built in gauge on an air hose or compressor is incorrect.
- To add air, place the nozzle over the tire stem and squeeze the lever. You will hear the air going into your tire. Be sure to add a little at a time, checking the air pressure to ensure you do not add to much.
- If you do add to much air to your tire, simply press the needle in the middle of the valve to let air out (you may use a pen or any small object).
If the air pressure in your tire is low it will make your tires run hot, which will use more gas and affects the steering of your vehicle.
Proper tire tread is always important, since that is the only part of the car that touches the road.
Now lets test your knowledge:
- Higher speeds can increase tire tread wear. True or False
- Tires must be inflated properly. You should check your tire pressure every_____. A) Day B) Month and before a long trip C) Year
Answers: True and B
Have a pleasant and safe day!
Tampa Bay Driving
Driving in the Rain
Road conditions are the cause of many collisions.
- Check your tires before driving.
- Tire tread and wear: Your tires should have visible tread of at least 2/32 of an inch across the base with no worn spots showing on the ply.
- Smooth tires on wet roads contribute to thousands of serious crashes.
- Maintain Wiper Blades
- Routinely check to make sure that your blades are clean, not cracked or torn and have a good cleaning surface to remove water and debris from your windshield.
- Give yourself plenty of time to drive to a location.
- While most drivers are cautious on icy or snow-covered roads, they frequently fail to adjust their speed when driving in rain.
- Few drivers notice early clues that they are about to lose directional control. When they do begin to skid, many drivers do not know proper braking or steering procedures. For instance, few drivers are aware they need a much greater stopping distance in rainy conditions. This additional stopping distance can vary by as much as 165 feet, from 125 feet on dry pavement to 290 feet on wet pavement at 50 mph. Always adjust your speed when roads are wet.
- Steering and Braking on a Slippery Surface
- In order to steer your vehicle properly, sit in an upright, relaxed position and place your left hand between the 7 and 9 o’clock and your right hand between the 3 and 5 o’clock positions on the steering wheel.
- Grip the wheel with fingers and thumbs. Do not grip too firmly, because the palms of your hands are not as sensitive as your fingers.
- Look and steer in the direction you want to go, not at objects you want to miss. Avoid sudden moves or over-corrections.
- When braking on a slippery surface, keep your heel on the floor and apply steady pressure to the brake pedal with your toes.
- If your vehicle does not have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and starts to skid, ease up on the brake pedal while steering smoothly back to the desired path. Reapply brake pressure as needed. Vehicles with ABS will automatically adjust brake pressure if the wheels start to slide due to over-braking.
Stay Safe- Tampa Bay Driving Staff
Wishing you all a Happy Columbus Day from the Tampa Bay Driving Staff.
“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.”
Tampa Bay Driving School teaches our new drivers the importance of defensive driving. When driving with caution, safety and obeying speed limits accidents are reduced significantly.
We have been teaching these same methods for over 20 years and the evidence proves that we must teach our new drivers how to protect themselves first. You will always be on the road and observe a person driving recklessly, fast and aggressive. Our teen drivers must first understand to stay clear of any drivers that appear to be dangerous. This will help avoid accidents if you stay away from dangerous drivers.
Also, road conditions are critical. When it is a clear day without fog or rain this also makes driving much safer and easier. That is why teen drivers with a permit license must only drive during daylight hours to start.
For more information about driving lessons visit our lesson page at http://tampabaydrivingschool.com/lesson.php