Using defensive driving tips and skills will help any motorist whether driving a truck or passenger car prevent incidents or accidents while operative a vehicle. Makes a safer journey whether short or long whether on a commute to work, or while taking your child to school, or your ride around the block to the grocery store.
Defensive driving starts when your car starts. Defensive driving begins with the way that you think.
Defensive driving by definition is simply driving in a way that takes in to account the potential inadequate driving abilities of others.
(uuuh that's not text book that's my definition :-)
Some driver's license offices offer defensive driving courses that teach you text book techniques (and definitions) plus you will get points taken off your license and a reduction in insurance premiums in some states.
There are many third party schools that teach Defensive driving also. Some community colleges also offer Defensive Driving Course. You can search to see if there defensive driving course training in your area. . . .
Basically defensive driving is no more than applying a proactive thought process and responsibility to the art of driving.
(Ok, so I made 2 definitions of 1 phrase in 2 minutes. Get used to that here!)
There are things that you should do before even getting behind the wheel to help you be a safe, well prepared driver.
Before You Get Behind The Wheel
Start your car, turn on the lights and put on your left blinker.
Listen for unusual sounds as you do a quick walk around look at the tires for cuts, cracks and excessive wear. (As soon as you get time get a tire pressure gauge and inflate your tires to the recommended psi stated in your handbook)See if your tires have the right amount of air. Also look to see if your turning lamps are blinking and headlight burning.
Then go in your car and put on the right blinker. Make sure the lamps are working outside the car.
While sitting in your driver's seat in the normal position check you mirror to make sure they reflect what you need them to reflect and that your seat is comfortably adjusted before you peel out(just kidding, peeling out will kill your fuel bill)
Once a week you should be doing a more thorough inspection where you follow a check list that is probably in your handbook which should include checking the tire pressure, oil, windshield washer fluid, antifreeze, transmission fluid,power steering brake fluid and windshield wiper blades. Check your belts for cracks, dry rotting and shredding threads. If any of these things are not in proper working conditions if could keep you from being able to drive defensively.
Now Let's Ride
Here are some defensive driving tips and techniques that I see ignored every day on the road. If we all (including me every blue moon) made an increase effort in putting defensive driving into practice, it would make holiday traveling and commutes to work a much safer drive for truckers and four wheelers. So join me in the commitment to do better by reading these words below
If you wait until you are breaking we already know!
(If you don't have a safe following distance and your behind one of these clowns who don't use their turn signal then you may find yourself in an accident.)
If you see an object up ahead in the right lane (your in the middle lane) before you get to it you know not to be anywhere beside a vehicle in the right lane because that fool might not look ahead and see it,at the last minute he might swerve at the last minute into your lane. This is also an example of why you don't ride beside people casually. That object could be a pot hole, an animal running out from the woods, on and on. Thousands of reasons not to ride beside each other.
Those people should be fired. That is the me, me, me, attitude in full effect. You are so concerned about you that you are putting your self in danger which makes what you call yourself doing (being safe for you) null and void. It's counter productive.
You got people passing you on the left and right, 10 percent of whom probably suffer from attitude problems (They call it road rage) that combined with the right time and your dirty look may force you out of that middle lane or even shoot at you (trust me it's happened)
You are not being safe ridding in the middle lane doing the speed limit or under. Especially if you are the only one on the highway going the speed limit.
If you see a driver in the right lane coming up on very slow traffic, time yourself so that you pass him or fall back in time to let him out of that right lane, don't just ride beside him and block him in
That's just called being courteous. What does it take from you?
Try going 55 mph around Atlanta Ga on the I-285 loop in the middle lane. You will cause serious problems.
Summary don't fight the flow of traffic for the sake of malicious obedience or a false sense hood of being safe. Do the speed limit from the right lane if everyone else is zooming by you, cause you are making traffic ride beside all of us who are in the right lane.
Defensive Driving Tips and Techniques for Driving Around Trucks
Can you see in front of us when you are tailgating us? The answer is no.
So does that mean if some fool cuts in front of us just to slam
on the brakes to make a right turn you won't know about it until you see
our brake lights?
The answer is yes.
If you rear end that truck you are not gonna push it. It will be like you hit tree (almost).
Why shouldn't you ride beside a big truck?
You shouldn't ride beside any vehicle without a reason. I don't see what sense that makes but . . .Especially Not A Big Truck Because . . .
One. If something happens to a driver of a car your riding beside (heart attack, sneeze, fall asleep, they don't see you and change lanes,etc) you have a chance to not even be moved by that car right?
If the same thing happened while riding beside a tractor trailer
there is a good chance that you will not fare well is that true?
Second. Fact, we have blindspots on the side of the trailer where if you ride at the same speed that we are going we won't even see you.
(if you can't see us in the mirror we can't see you but that doesn't mean ride there in our mirror for 5 minutes before moving on)
Third. Every notice the tire guard or mud flaps racks on trucks where the tires blew out and bent it all up. (if not you've seen a car that a tire tore up the fender well.)
Big truck tires are under a lot more pressure than car tires. If
one blows off with you riding beside it, it could damage your car or
shatter your window and smack you in the face.
(Or it give you a heart attack sounds like a shot gun sometimes!)
Things can go wrong very quickly on the highway. They can be unpredictable and until you are in an accident, you really can't understand just how quickly, so take my word for it.
It takes a split second and a combination of things to occur at once and life changing or life ending disaster can strike. For your safety, these driving tips should be taken seriously.
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