Veterans Day

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!

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Tire Pressure

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:

  1. Higher speeds can increase tire tread wear. True or False
  2. 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

 

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Safety Tips for Rainy Days

Driving in the Rain

Road conditions are the cause of many collisions.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

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Columbus Day

 

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.”

-Christopher Columbus

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Driving Lessons – Defensive Driving is key to reducing accidents

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

 

 

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