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Stereotyping Other Drivers

 Stereotyping Other Drivers

 
When it comes to driving a car, stereotyping is encouraged
While most of us have been taught that stereotyping is bad, I couldn’t disagree more when it comes to driving a car. If I see a car that looks like it’s just lost a bumper car war, I’m going to back off. It’s possible that the driver of that car is a safe and responsible driver. However, I must operate based upon the information at hand. And the dragging tail pipe, duct-taped windows, and massive dents suggest that this driver is dangerous.

Anticipating vs. Assuming


Anticipating vs. Assuming

 
A good driver is constantly scanning his surroundings, processing the information, and anticipating the actions of drivers around him.
For instance, when you’re driving on a busy two-lane city street with lots of shops, you’re processing an unbelievable amount of information. Not only are you scanning the road ahead and behind, you’re watching all of the side streets for cars about to enter or exit the roadway. There may also be pedestrians on side streets and at crosswalks.

Stage 3: Practicing the 3-second rule

Stage 3: Practicing the 3-second rule

 
Location: Everywhere except the highway (save that for Stage 4)
Length of Lesson: 15-20 minutes
You should always keep a minimum of a 3 second interval between you and the car immediately in front of you. This is usually referred to as the “3 second rule”. To learn more about this rule and why it is important, read our following distance article.

Practicing the 3-second rule
At first, it may be difficult for your teen to focus on both a fixed object and the car in front of them in order to calculate their following distance.

10 Things That Will Make Other Drivers Happy


10 Things That Will Make Other Drivers Happy

 
These 10 simple steps will not only keep the drivers around you happy, they’ll also help you stay safe.

1. Not tailgating. Always keep at least one car length per ten miles per hour from the car in front of you. This rule is not only a courteous one, but a safe one as well.
2. Be mindful of your lights. When on small rural streets with few streetlights, remember to turn off your high beams whenever a car approaches from the oncoming lane.

Handling Brake Failure and Steering Failure

Handling Brake Failure and Steering Failure

 
Today’s cars are well-built and the likelihood that you or your teen would ever encounter brake failure or steering failure is very low. However, the results of these failures are potentially deadly, so it’s worth learning how to handle them. And the best way to learn how to handle these situations is through a little knowledge and some controlled practice.
How to Handle Brake FailureStep 1: Relax and begin warning other drivers.
If your brakes become unresponsive, do not panic.

46% of Teenagers Admit to Text Messaging While Driving

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46% of Teenagers Admit to Text Messaging While Driving

 

According to AAA, 46% percent of all teenage drivers admit to text messaging while driving, and that says nothing of the teens who won’t own up to the practice. 51% admit to talking on the cell phone while driving, though most of us who know teens would probably estimate that figure to be closer to 99%.
Unfortunately, both practices are quite dangerous, especially for young and inexperienced drivers. In many states, it’s actually illegal to do either, and more and more states are moving toward similar laws.

Lane Changes

Your teen has seen you change lanes countless times while riding with you, and you probably make it look pretty easy. Changing lanes is not easy. Making a lane change is very complex and can be quite dangerous. However, every driver needs to know how to change lanes. Teach your teen how to change lanes properly, as this is not a maneuver to be taken lightly.
When should you change lanes?
You should never weave in and out of lanes of traffic, but sometimes it is necessary to change lanes (one at a time!

BGE Blind spot and Glare elimination

Probably every time you drive, you need to change lanes or merge into traffic. These routine maneuvers can cause dangerous situations because every vehicle has blindspots (also spelled blind spots or called blind zones). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are 630,000 lane change/merge crashes each year, causing 225 fatalities. Needless to say, the “simple” act of changing lanes or merging requires precaution and practice.
Before understanding how to eliminate blindspots, your teen driver must first understand what a blindspot is.

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Information to get when a crash occurs:
• Name, address and driver's license number of 
other drivers.
• License plate numbers of other vehicles.
• Name and address of anyone who was injured.
• Name and address of each witness.
• Name, address and insurance policy number of 
other vehicle owners.
* Notify your insurance company immediately.

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  • How to Prepare for a Driving Test
  • Get enough practice. Some drivers need more practice than others. Minors must complete 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training (including ten hours of required night driving) before taking a driving test. When you practice, pretend you are taking a driving test. Ask your accompanying driver to calmly point out your mistakes. Ask questions about a particular driving situation that may have confused you. Correct your mistakes. The next time you practice, pay particular attention to correct any driving errors you made the time before.
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