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Discussion in 'General Automotive Talk' started by Flexin, Apr 23, 2013.

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  1. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Post up your safe driving tips.

    One that I was taught was to back into a parking spot. You know what is in the spot and that shouldn't change other then someone walking into it (something you need to look out for). This puts you in a safer position when you have to pull out. If you need to back out of a spot, there could be any number of hazards in your way in the time it took you to get ready to move.

    James
     
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    I think this one should be a most common tip, always look over your shoulder when changing into the left lanes. The important reason for this is your blind spot. You shouldn't always rely on the rear view mirrors or the side view ones when changing lanes. You want to look quickly and change and not take too much time. You shouldn't have a problem with changing onto the right lane.
     
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    Always ride in the right-most lane until you need to pass. If you're always passing someone...you're probably speeding.
     
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    Ryder13 Active Member Founding Member Feburary Winner

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    My top safe driving tips are not rock science as they say.
    No distracted driving, i.e. text messaging, cell phone use or eating a
    sub. And don't follow too close. It doesn't get you there faster and
    it gives no margin for error. Like I said these are not secrets. They are
    just common sense.
    I got hit while in the truck last year by a distracted driver.
    And a couple of years back I got hit, when I stopped behind another vehicle.
    Person was charged with following too closely. The one did actually about $3,000
    to my Ranger, and her vehicle got the worst of it.
    Ryder13
     
  5. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Keep them coming. This is an important topic so I'm going to pin it to the top of General Automotive Talk for a while.

    James
     
  6. R. Paradon

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    When driving on a long trip stop the moment you start to feel tired or you may just nod off! :stop:

    Get out of the car and do some jumping jacks or other exercises to get the blood flowing again. There is no sense in forcing yourself to get somewhere in a hurry of it may cause you or others harm or a life.
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    This is a good one (they all have been so far). Years ago I was driving about 45 mins away or so to look at an ATV I wanted to buy. I had my little brother with me. I was driving and the sun was beating in the window which was making me sleepy. When I noticed myself getting really tired I pulled over. I did the jumping jacks but that wasn't doing enough so I did a quick sprint and then did a hill sprint. After that I was fine to drive there and then drive home.

    Take those few minutes to get out and move around. It can be a life saver.

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    Following are some of my tips:
    * Don't push over your own limits
    * Don't be lazy in wearing seatbelt and also helmet (in case of bike)
    * Take a nap before your long drives in night
    * Don't drink and drive
     
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    That's new, I never knew that that's the reason why you have to back into a parking spot. I usually back into a parking spot mainly because it makes it so much easier to pull out. I guess my "laziness" is actually making me safe.
     
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    Well, being safe in the road is a matter of common sense I guess (even though common sense ain't so common :D). If you are planning on driving, you should make sure that you are not tired, distracted or unwell in anyway. Also, follow all the road signs, rules, regulations, and always assume that you are the only guy who is sane on the road and everyone else is retarded. :)
     
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    Driving in a big truck allows me to see down into other cars. Its unreal the amount of cars that pass me on the highway with their face buried into a cell phone.

    Not driving too close is a real good one. 100 km/h is 100 km/h, doesn't matter if you are 2 feet from a bumper or 50 ft. So leave some room between you can the car in front of you.

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    Speaking of driving too close. Another issue is pulling back into the right lane too soon. I have so many cars get about 2 car lengths in front of me and then pull over with out a turn signal or anything. First of all you can cause an accident like that. A good driver is going to leave space for slowing down that heavy truck. By pulling in you take away their safety margin.

    When someone does this and there is another vehicle right in front of them, they are putting themselves in danger. It takes X amount of to time stop a car from 100 kms/h. The heavy truck behind you needs a lot more time. Jamming your car in that small gap pretty much puts you in between a rock and a hard place.

    Drive safe.

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    This is good. Cars have blind spots that the mirrors don't catch so it helps to take that look to make sure before changing lanes. This saved me two or three times this week alone.

    One thing I did when I was younger was to see what car was behind me when I checked my mirrors. If I'm on the highway and the white civic isn't behind me anymore then it could be passing.

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    One thing I like to do when before backing into a parking spot is to check to see what cars are in the spots on each side of that spot. If your parking beside a blue Impala and you see a red Saturn in your side mirror then you must not have lined up right. This saved me while backing up a straight truck. The truck is wide enough to lose a car that is directly behind you. I checked the car I would be beside and as I was making my turn I didn't find the car on the other side. The car in my mirror was different from what I was looking for. So I pulled ahead to move the truck over more. As I did that, the car I was looking for came into my mirror. With the space I had I couldn't make a really tight turn. The car was lined up right behind me as I came around. If it wasn't for knowing what should be behind me I would have hit it without knowing that it was there.

    For anyone that doesn't know what a I mean by a straight truck, this is what I'm talking about.

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    With a box length of 20-24 ft and more, plus an extra foot for a bumper/platform, and no rear window it can be hard to see behind you. But the same thing can happen in a car on moving day when you have the car so full that you can't see out the back window.

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    Here is one I adopted for my time on the bike. Ride your own ride.
    I picked this one up back when I got back to riding and was in many ways
    a beginner for the second time round.
    Ryder13
     
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    That is a very good one. A lot of people go down trying to keep up with someone with much more skill then them.

    One I was told from a motorcycle forum years ago was, Dress for the crash, not the ride.

    One guy said he had enough gear to suit up 4 people. But he was just taken a ride to the store so he didn't put his gear on. He ended up going for a run in the canyons and went down. He had 4 bottles of pills after that one. Most was to deal with the pain of the road rash.

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    Although it did not happen in the past when I was in "Drivers Ed" we were told to leave one car distance per every 10 miles an hour you are going in relationship to the car in front of you.

    One thing that I always did was to look a few lanes in front of me and actively looked at the cars in my "area" I would always have an emergency plan to follow in case it was necessary. The plan was constantly changing but I never had one accident in a car since I have been driving. A lot of near misses but knowing in advance what you are going to do helps a lot when you find yourself in a bad position.
     
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    - Get on over to allow the idiot that's tailgating you get by. It's the wrong time to stand your ground, let the idiot pass so they can get as far from you as possible before they meet their fate. You don't want to be involved with it. Also, be sure to give a signal indicating that you're getting over, otherwise they'll trying to squeeze around you at the same time you're getting over (not good).

    - Don't be the idiot that's tailgating.
     
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    One tip I have is never drive and text, nor should you be driving and talking on your phone. With technology the way it is there is no longer any need for this. A hands free device can go a long way into making you a safer driver, and there are also apps and programs that can read you your texts, and also write them for you as you speak.
     
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    My safe driving tips are quite simple yet so many people find it hard to grasp, first of all no distracted driving, this means no texting while driving or create any form of distraction for you on the road. Also no drinking while driving, people seems to do this a lot when coming from a party or a bar but it's tragic what the outcome maybe. I had 3 friends who died from this carelessness and do wish the best of all other drivers.
     
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