Defensive Driving Tip #58: Move Right When Approaching Intersections

Defensive Driving Tip #58: Move Right When Approaching Intersections   This important defensive driving tip is about visibility in heavier traffic situations, and collision prevention. You cannot assume the other guy is paying attention — sometimes he’s not — and you cannot assume you will be readily visible. Many factors can prevent the other driver from having a clear view … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #56: Don’t Abuse the Two-Way Left Turn Lane

    In Defensive Driving class some folks call the center two-way turn lane the “suicide” lane! That’s a little extreme — traffic engineers will tell you these lanes are actually pretty safe. But every day, you see people using them in ways that were never intended, and some of these actions are NOT safe. The lane I’m referring to … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #55: Avoid Changing Lanes in Intersections

Defensive Driving Tip #55: Avoid Changing Lanes in Intersections   One of the misconceptions that people have about traffic law is that it is illegal to change lanes in an intersection. Quite often, it isn’t. We teach in defensive driving class, one of the laws here in Arizona requires that a driver not pass another vehicle (left of the center … Read More

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