You’re Driving Insensitively and Don’t Realize It – Part 3

Check your blind spot.

You’re Driving Insensitively

You think you’re pretty good behind the wheel, right? Here’s part 3 of what you might be doing while on the road. See parts 1 & 2 in our last week’s posts.

  • Using your signal after you start changing lanes
    Check your blind spot, then hit your blinker, then change lanes.
  • Scaring 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.
  • Moving 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.

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You’re Driving Insensitively and Don’t Realize It – Part 2

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.

Don’t be that guy.

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.

It’s not a feature, it’s a necessity.

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?

Come back next week for part 3, to see what else you may be doing without realizing it.

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You’re Driving Insensitively and Don’t Realize It

You see that big solid white stripe? Sure, you do.

Driving Insensitively – Part 1

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.

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Dr. Oz

Please tune in today at 4:00 pm to the Dr. Oz show. Our wonderful instructor, Jorge Santamaria, helps demonstrates the effect of over-the-counter medication can have on a person. Many over-the -counter medications will impair a persons driving ability without them realizing it. A typical dose is equal to three glasses of wine. These medications can lead to a DWI, Driving While Under the Influence. Over-the-counter medications can affect your ability to drive safely. Always remember to follow the advice of your physician or the label about mixing drugs and driving.

Antihistamines are classified as a depressant. Depressants are often referred to as sedative-hypnotic drugs or downers because they depress the functioning of the central nervous system. Small amounts help relax muscles and produce calmness, while larger doses create difficulties with judgment, reflexes and speech.


The effects of antihistamines, including over-the-counter remedies:

Slowed reflexes—reducing ability to react to driving situations, ability to stop quickly, and ability to avoid roadside hazards.

Drowsiness—reducing your ability to react to a number of driving situations.

Lack of coordination—reducing control of the vehicle, including: steering, braking, changing lanes, turning, shifting gears, parking, and stopping.

Blurred vision—reducing ability to recognize road signs, signals, pedestrians, and changing driving situations.

Reduced concentration—possibly causing inattention to driver responsibilities and negotiation of traffic. This could include driving off the road or crashing into other vehicles.

Lack of rational judgment—possibly causing a driver to take foolish chances behind the wheel.

Many over-the-counter medications contain alcohol, sedatives, and related substances that are not conducive to driving. Drivers must be aware of what is in the medications they are taking, and that these substances could impair the ability to drive.

Prescription drugs include cough medicine, antihistamines, barbiturates, and tranquilizers. Drivers often fail to recognize that many drugs that are prescribed by a physician have warning labels attached, noting alcohol consumption with the drug could be very dangerous. In addition, many of these drugs warn not to operate a motor vehicle when the dosage can cause drowsiness, light-headedness, slower reactions, intensified emotions, impaired judgment, and reduced concentration and coordination. A driver pulled over under the influence of codeine is still breaking the law, as he/she is driving under the influence. Drivers must be aware of what prescription medicine they are taking and the effects of each.


Keep in mind that the use of any drug that impairs your ability to drive is illegal.



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