Driving Tips: Simple Keys To Safe Driving

Jim Luff
Posted on October 23, 2013

JIM LUFF DRIVING GEM(S): I've got a bundle I'd like to share with you; as long as drivers (and chauffeurs) keep having accidents, these rules are worth repeating.

Aim high in steering: Avoid collisions by seeing, evaluating and acting upon all the information available. Look high and far down the center of your driving path. This helps keep your vehicle from drifting and provides increased warning of turns, stops and potential hazards.

Get the big picture: Fewer mistakes are made when you have the complete traffic picture. Maximize your awareness of everything extending from sidewalk to sidewalk and from your front bumper to a full city block ahead of you. To get the biggest picture, allow proper space (4 sec. min.) between yourself and the vehicle ahead.

Keep your eyes moving: Proper scanning techniques separate safe drivers from people who make costly and daily errors. Don’t concentrate too long on any one part of your big picture. When your eyes stop moving, you reduce what you can see and respond to.

Leave yourself an out: All that separates drivers from a collision is space. Use it to your advantage. Keep asking yourself, “What if…? as you drive. Consider the conditions and the circumstances — such as rain slick streets, a bike rider, or an uncertain left-turner — and devise an option to deal with them.
 
Make Sure They See YOU: Seek eye contact and use warning devices such as horn or lights at the proper time. Communicate with pedestrians and others of their intentions.
 
Source: Smith System Defensive Driving Course (used with permission)

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