JIM & JEFF LUFF DRIVING GEM: [Note: This is the third in a series of weekly driving tips from LCT contributing editor and operator Jim Luff and his son, Jeff Luff, who works for Jim's limousine company in Bakersfield, Calif.]:
Recognize & Respond: When you see a hazard, immediately reduce your speed. For a hazard occurring in the red zone, brake hard, followed by immediately releasing to avoid skidding and to maintain steering control. Do not ever cross into an oncoming lane of traffic to avoid a collision; always move to your right, leaving the roadway if necessary. Know how to respond and always plan for the unexpected; what if that car fails to stop, or that car suddenly changes lanes, or that child runs into the street after a ball? Be aware of striking animals crossing in front of you. Skidding in an effort to avoid striking an animal is the cause of many traffic accidents. SMARRT Driving Parts 1-3 here
Series: How to handle difficult run-ins with law enforcement over a limousine.
Driving Gem: Plenty of things unrelated to phones can result in accidents.
Driving Gem: Lifting and handling luggage is never good for the back.
See how I talked my way out of this common nuisance for waiting chauffeurs.
In my face off between a chauffeur in a stretch and a restaurant security guard, who wins when the police show up?