Defensive Driving Tip #54: Turn Right, LOOK Right!

Defensive Driving Tip #54: Turn Right, LOOK Right!   In the United States, a driver’s natural tendency when making a right turn is to look left, since left is the direction the traffic is coming from (we hope). For this reason, right-turning motorists are one of the biggest dangers to bicyclists! We teach in defensive driving class that many bicyclists … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #53: Beware of Traffic Gaps!

Defensive Driving Tip #53: Beware of Traffic Gaps!   Some of my defensive driving rules focus on preventing trouble in specific danger spots. Especially when they’re in tight, congested areas where it is difficult to maneuver, drivers sometimes get impatient. In situations like trying to get into traffic from a parking lot or making a left turn across heavy traffic, … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #52: Slow Down When Approaching Intersections!

Defensive Driving Tip #52: Slow Down When Approaching Intersections! Did you know that the AVERAGE speed of a vehicle passing through a controlled intersection is about 52 mph? How many times have you approached and entered an intersection without having any idea if someone is about to run the red light? That means they are travelling roughly 80 feet a second. … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #51: Make Defensive Stops!

Defensive Driving Tip #51: Make Defensive Stops!     We teach in defensive driving school that you can minimize the danger of collision at intersections by learning to stop defensively. First, make sure your deceleration to the stop doesn’t surprise the guy behind you. You already know how to identify a “stale” green light — by watching the pedestrian signal. … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #50: Connect Your Mind To Your Eyes!

Defensive Driving Tip #50: Connect Your Mind To Your Eyes!   What color is a “yield” sign? Think about that for a few moments and we’ll come back to it. We teach in defensive driving class that human beings are prone to operating on “autopilot.” Especially on familiar roads, our minds wander away from our immediate task to other things. … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #49: Make Safe and Sane Left Turns

Defensive Driving Tip #49: Make    We teach in defensive driving class that Left turns at controlled intersections are one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers. They don’t have to be — the dangers can be controlled. The most important thing is to be knowledgeable — and then MINDFUL — of what they are. When you enter an intersection, the … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #48: Safety on Mountain Roads

Defensive Driving Tip #48: Safety on Mountain Roads   Most of us know the rules about driving to the right on multilane highways under normal conditions, and moving left only to pass. This isn’t just courtesy, or standard operating procedure, but it’s often a legal requirement as well. But what about roads where there is only a single lane in … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #47: Move Over for Parked Vehicles on a Roadway

Defensive Driving Tip #47: Move Over for Parked Vehicles on a Roadway Imagine yourself happily motoring down an Interstate highway when you have a sudden blow-out or other emergency situation. You roll (or coast) to the side, but you have limited ability to get too far off the roadway (because of obstacles or a curb), and you have to stop … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip………………… Share the Road With Trucks

Defensive Driving Tip #46: Share the Road With Trucks Drivers must deal safely with all obstacles and situations we encounter. We take responsibility for a safe outcome — because that’s sometimes the only way we can avoid a collision. One special hazard is that posed by heavy trucks. Commercial drivers are proven professionals; they must meet exacting, tough federal standards … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip………………… Start Rested – Keep Fresh

Defensive Driving Tip  #45: !     As a young guy who absolutely LIVED for vacations, I couldn’t wait to get out of town. I worked the evening shift in an ice cream factory, and my habit was to pack before work, then leave immediately at shift change – stopping at home only to pick up my bride (lucky girl!). … Read More