You think you’re pretty good behind the wheel, right? Here’s part 5 of what you might be doing while on the road. See parts, 1-4 in our previous posts.
Doubling up in a median When turning left without a protected light, it’s already risky enough to pull out halfway and wait in the median for a hole in traffic. But when the guy across from you also pulls into the median to do the same thing, it blocks the first car’s vision (yours) entirely.
Yielding the right of way when it’s really yours I know you have only the best intentions when you let four people pull out in front of you. But letting people go out of turn creates a knock-on effect that will impact all the traffic behind you. No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.
Thanks for being part of this mini-insensitivity training!
You think you’re pretty good behind the wheel, right? Here’s part 4 of what you might be doing while on the road. See part 1, 2 & 3 in our previous week’s posts.
the car in front on an uphill stop sign/light Your car might be an automatic, so when you’re on a hill you don’t go
backwards in that moment between letting off the brake and hitting the
accelerator. But for anyone in a manual, especially someone that’s not terribly
experienced with a clutch, you’ve upped the stress factor by reducing the
margin for error. You’re being insensitive if you then honk at that driver if
they roll back a little when the light changes.
Dive-bomb braking As you know, the best way to brake for a turn is not to wait until the last second and slam on the brakes. Still, most drivers — yes, this probably includes you — do this annoying thing where they lightly press the brake pedal as the turn approaches without really slowing down. Essentially, you’re still waiting until the last second before you brake for real, and because your brake lights have been on the whole time, the person behind you has no warning when you brake harder. Instead, practice what’s called limo braking: when you start braking, press the pedal harder than you normally do, then ease up as you get closer to the turn, so you’re still slowing down enough for the turn, but not screwing with the driver behind you.
left too early If you’re in a left-most of a double left-turn lane, there’s nothing more
frightening than trying to figure out if the person on your right is going to
cut across the line. Often, they will.
Come back next week for part 5, to see what else you may be doing without realizing it.
your signal after you
start changing lanes Check your blind spot, then hit your blinker, then change lanes.
cyclists One of the biggest gripes of cyclists is when vehicles cut them off when
passing or pass them too close. Cutting off anyone is rude, but it’s downright
dangerous when a cyclist is involved. Cyclists are people too, guys, with the
same feelings and rights to the road as everyone else. Wait until you see them
fully in your rearview mirror before you get back in front of them.
the steering wheel when you check your blind spot It’s astonishing how many people do this. In the act of turning your head
to check your blind spot, you move your shoulders. As a result, your arms move.
And the steering wheel moves. And before you know it, you’re already turning. Keep
your arms steady.
Come back this week for part 4, to see what else you may be doing without realizing it. See parts 1 & 2 in last weeks posts.
Think you’re pretty good behind the wheel, right? Here’s part 2 of what you might be doing while on the road. See Part 1 in Monday’s post.
Driving in the left lane on the highway Continuously driving in the left lane at all, even if you’re going at or above the speed limit, is illegal in most states. It’s for passing only, with obvious exceptions in times of heavy traffic.
Screwing up the flow of traffic by either not using a turn signal… Information on your turn would’ve been good to know 10 seconds ago so others aren’t waiting unnecessarily for you.
… or using it too early By that same token, if I’m turning right, and you’re driving along with your blinker on, how are others supposed to know that you have no intention of turning?
You think you’re pretty good behind the wheel, right? And
you also probably think you’re surrounded by hordes of morons on the road.
Sounds about right — a few years ago, Allstate commissioned a study where
drivers rated themselves, and two-thirds said they considered themselves
“very good” or “excellent” drivers, but were much less
complimentary about 80% of everyone else.
What does this mean? It means you’re almost definitely
driving insensitively, just like the rest of us. Here are just a few of the
little things you’re probably guilty of doing at one point or another without
even realizing it.
Stopping too far out in an intersection You see that big solid white stripe? Sure, you do. It’s there for a reason, which is why you should stop your car behind it. Not in front of it, not on it, not on it just a little bit. Behind it. Otherwise, you’re forcing pedestrians to walk that much closer to traffic as they go around you. It also blocks the view of anyone in the right lane who wants to turn right on red. If they can’t see around you, there’s no way for them to know it’s safe, and they’re more likely to take a gamble. And if you’re in the left lane, you’re putting yourself too close to the oncoming cars that are turning left from the perpendicular street.
Creeping forward at a red light There are two types of red-light creepers in this world. The first is the impatient fool at the front of the line who thinks edging forward is somehow going to make the light change faster. It isn’t. The second is the guy behind you who stopped weirdly far away and is now slowly edging forward and distracting you in the rear-view mirror with his intermittent scooting.
Come back Wednesday for part 2, to see what else you may be doing without realizing it.
There is proper driving etiquette everyone needs to follow
No Matter if you are an aggressive driver or a passive
driver, want to drive 20 MPH over the speed limit or drive 5 MPH under the
speed limit there is proper driving etiquette everyone needs to follow. We have all seen the out of control driver that is
tailgating then passing dangerously close can be just as hazardous as the
vehicle driving far too slow for highway speeds.
If you are hauling a precarious load or aren’t comfortable driving at highway speed, then you need
to avoid the highway all together. Not
only are you a danger to yourself but to all other drivers on the highway too. Not following proper driving etiquette adds to traffic
congestion and backups; if everyone stays aware of their surroundings, road
conditions and follows the flow of traffic we all can arrive at our
destinations quicker and safer.
Passing Lane Not the “Fast” Lane
This is a touchy point with all drivers, and everyone has
their own opinion on what is acceptable driving speed in the left lane. The term “fast” lane is very subjective
and everyone’s definition of fast is different.
That is why the left lane is and should be referred to as the passing lane and
not the “fast” lane. This will put all confusion to rest as to what the
appropriate speed to travel in the left lane is.
The left lane(s) are used for passing, so if you are not passing a vehicle then
you should not be driving in the left lane.
After passing slower traffic you should return to the right lane as soon as you
Stay aware of other drivers and changing road conditions to stay safe with ever present summer road construction. Let’s all work together to keep each other safe and moving fluidly on the highways this summer, with road construction and quickly changing Wisconsin weather already impeding us we don’t need any more obstacles. Don’t be afraid to hit the highway this summer in your Toyota Camry and be sure to follow proper driving etiquette.
Headlights should be maintained as any other vehicle system
When it comes to car maintenance, vehicle owners usually worry about the BIG things – like tire care, oil changes and brakes. But what about the seemly small things that make a huge difference for safety? Like headlights.
While properly functioning and properly aimed headlights are always important, during this season darker hours and icy conditions, they’re necessary. Driver vision is compromised at night, negatively impacting depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision – so properly functioning headlights are for your safety and the safety of other drivers.
Headlights should be maintained as any other vehicle system. This inexpensive maintenance routine can save your life, and the life of others on the road. Please give our car repair team a call with questions or concerns about headlight safety!
Restore cloudy headlights. Cloudiness in a headlight is caused by degradation from the sun, reducing and diffusing the light going through the lenses. You can restore them yourself with a DIY kit.
Adjust the aim. A headlight that is not adjusted properly will not project light down the road. It may also be aimed in the eyes of other drivers.
Always swap in pairs. Replace headlights before a burnout and in pairs. Only swapping one at a time can cause an uneven field of vision for drivers.
Part of your responsibility as a driver is to do your best to
drive safely and avoid an accident. Under normal driving conditions, if all
drivers on the road are driving carefully and obeying traffic laws, that might
not be too difficult. Unfortunately, some accidents are caused by unforeseen
circumstances. To help you avoid an accident while driving, we would like to
offer tips for dealing with three common things you may encounter while driving.
Traffic Light Out
Most drivers will, at some point, encounter a traffic light which
is not working correctly. If police officers or other authorized personnel are
directing traffic, do as they tell you. If temporary stop signs have been put
in place, obey those. If neither of these things has happened, as is
often the case, treat the intersection as though everyone has a stop sign.
Wait your turn and proceed cautiously. This will help to prevent accidents.
Flat Tire on the Freeway
When possible, take the next exit and park your vehicle in a
parking lot if you experience a flat tire while driving on the freeway.
When that is not possible, steer your vehicle to the side of the road and park
as far off the roadway as possible. Turn on your emergency flashers. Because
traffic is going by so quickly, for your own safety, it is best to stay in your
vehicle rather than try to get out and fix the tire. Call for tow truck or
emergency personnel or wait for the appropriate authorities to arrive.
Debris in the Road
When safe, drive around debris in the roadway or stop to avoid
hitting it. This only works if you can see the debris early enough to avoid it.
Switch lanes or otherwise drive around the debris when it is safe to do so. If
the option is running over the debris or hitting another vehicle, go for the
debris. Slow down as much as possible and avoid puncturing your tires when
possible. If you hit the debris, particularly if you think it may have damaged
your vehicle, pull off the road at a safe location and check for any damage.
has even better problem faced by car drivers on the road: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-top-5-problems-faced-by-car-drivers-on-the-road
drivers bring knowledge and experience to the workplace. By 2020, 25 percent of
workers in the United States will be 55 or older. But this group is not without
risk. According to NIOSH, motor vehicle crashes account for 32 percent of all work-related
deaths among workers 55 or older.
not everyone ages the same way, an older worker’s ability to drive may be
affected by several factors related to aging, including declining eyesight and
hearing; arthritis, which can make gripping the steering wheel difficult; and
decreased motor skills, memory and the ability to make quick decisions.
urges older workers to speak to their supervisors if they are experiencing
driving issues to discuss alternatives to driving, such as attending meetings
via phone or video conference or changing work schedules to drive during less
NIOSH recommends employers reduce the amount of driving older workers do and
“set policies that allow drivers to consult with their supervisors to adjust driving
hours if they have trouble seeing at night, and to stop driving if they are too
tired or the weather is bad.”
with all age groups, older employees can help keep themselves and other
motorists safe by following safe driving practices, including not driving under
the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription medications; always wearing
seat belts; not driving distracted; and maintaining good health by exercising
regularly, eating healthy foods and getting annual health screenings.
can help promote safe driving habits by creating clear policies about driving
under the influence of drugs and alcohol, promoting worker health through
workplace wellness programs and activities, and requiring workers to take
National Institute on Aging has a page dedicated for learning all about older
Perhaps it is time for a bit of empirical evidence.
According to a study by
the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International,
Drivers neglect to use their turn signals
approximately 750 billion times per year.
Drivers neglect to use their turn signal 25% of
the time when making a turn.
Drivers neglect to use their turn signal 48% of
the time while changing lanes.
Drivers neglect to turn off their turn signals
48% of the time after changing lanes.
When people don’t use their turn signals, they are
contributing to an environment in which other drivers have less control. A turn
signal isn’t just a signal, it’s a warning. The use of a turn signal allows
other drivers to notice the change in their surroundings and react
appropriately. And if they’re decent people, they’re likely to react in a way
that benefits your own safety, perhaps by giving you adequate space to change
lanes on a busy highway.
Because of this behavior, the study concluded that the
number of yearly car crashes in the U.S. that can be attributed to this issue
is approximately two million, more than double the amount of crashes that are a
result of distracted driving (950,000). This means that nearly 20% of all
crashes in the U.S. occurred because one or more drivers failed to alert other
drivers to an upcoming turn or lane change.