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Re: Driving Tips
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2017, 07:14:14 PM »

Priceless!
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2017, 10:32:55 AM »

And another found on TV11 Facebook today
Key take aways if tire blows.
DON"T brake
Put on 4-ways
coast to stop.

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Re: Driving Tips
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2017, 10:19:50 AM »

Drive defensively....

defense wins football championships and it saves lives on the road.

I took a couple of defensive driving classes 'back in the day'...

I still use a lot of that info every time I get behind the wheel.  I will admit that the cell  phone had not even become popular but I'm pretty sure the instructor would not have thought too highly of their intrusions into our ability to stay focused on what we are doing.

Keep your eyes on the road...

ahead, behind and both sides.

Know where nearby vehicles are and if they are going faster or slower and look for indicators of their 'next move'.

Look for an 'out'...   one of the reasons I don't like driving on I-75 in Atlanta...  if you're in the middle of 7 lanes there probably just aren't any outs except to play bumper cars until everyone is stopped :o :o :o

If you are doing all of this all of the time you won't have time to talk on the phone ;) ;) ;)

We also didn't have GPS units when I learned to drive.  They can be a big help, especially on a long trip where you don't necessarily know the road very well.  Even as much as we drive I-75 from here to Florida something changes almost every time.  This last time going south Google maps routed us beyond where we normally get off of the Florida Turnpike and then all the way around Orlando.  The route is actually about 16-18 miles longer than what we have taken for years.  On the way north we bypassed the Google detour.  Lesson learned for me...   check the Google route first and then you can override if necessary. 

Plenty of insurance industry studies show you are much more likely to be in a crash the closer you are to home.  Partially because you spend more time in that area so the odds go up and partially because you get too comfortable (complacent) within that area.

Driving is a full time job if you're doing it right so hang up the phone and drive!!!
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Re: Driving Tips
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2017, 10:45:33 AM »

Drive defensively....

defense wins football championships and it saves lives on the road.

I took a couple of defensive driving classes 'back in the day'...

I still use a lot of that info every time I get behind the wheel.  I will admit that the cell  phone had not even become popular but I'm pretty sure the instructor would not have thought too highly of their intrusions into our ability to stay focused on what we are doing.

Keep your eyes on the road...

ahead, behind and both sides.

Know where nearby vehicles are and if they are going faster or slower and look for indicators of their 'next move'.

Look for an 'out'...   one of the reasons I don't like driving on I-75 in Atlanta...  if you're in the middle of 7 lanes there probably just aren't any outs except to play bumper cars until everyone is stopped :o :o :o

If you are doing all of this all of the time you won't have time to talk on the phone ;) ;) ;)

We also didn't have GPS units when I learned to drive.  They can be a big help, especially on a long trip where you don't necessarily know the road very well.  Even as much as we drive I-75 from here to Florida something changes almost every time.  This last time going south Google maps routed us beyond where we normally get off of the Florida Turnpike and then all the way around Orlando.  The route is actually about 16-18 miles longer than what we have taken for years.  On the way north we bypassed the Google detour.  Lesson learned for me...   check the Google route first and then you can override if necessary. 

Plenty of insurance industry studies show you are much more likely to be in a crash the closer you are to home.  Partially because you spend more time in that area so the odds go up and partially because you get too comfortable (complacent) within that area.

Driving is a full time job if you're doing it right so hang up the phone and drive!!!

Good advice.

You should check out Google's Waze.   It is like Google maps, but includes real time information from other drivers so you know where pot holes, back-ups, police and etc.    It has helped me avoid a number of traffic jams.
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Re: Driving Tips
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 12:18:41 PM »

Good advice.

You should check out Google's Waze.   It is like Google maps, but includes real time information from other drivers so you know where pot holes, back-ups, police and etc.    It has helped me avoid a number of traffic jams.

I found Waze 2 or maybe even 3 phones ago.  My wife put it on her phone too so that she can give reports while I drive (usually unless we're on long road trips).  The down side I see are the drivers who try to use it while they're still driving!

I guess everything is a trade off one way or the other.  After Google Maps bought out Waze I mostly switched over to GM because Google seemed to bring the road closer to 'real time'. 

My wife will still keep Waze open on her phone and I have a tablet I usually use for navigation using GM on longer trips. 

I do like that Google Maps will give me a report on local driving conditions any time I log on.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 12:39:07 PM »

I think as I have gotten older that I drive much more defensively just based on mechanical failures and observations that one sees during the course of life.  Chain or nylon strapped material on a flatbed trailer, loosely packed items in the back of a pick up truck, a woman ahead of me putting on makeup while she drives, and pick up trucks with Confederate Flags being displayed.......I try to get around them as fast as I can.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2017, 01:27:07 PM »

I try not to follow a car that's passing a truck until the car has cleared the truck.  So many people seem to slow down when they get alongside the truck.  That's one of the last places I want to be.
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2017, 09:34:28 AM »

Good advice.

You should check out Google's Waze.   It is like Google maps, but includes real time information from other drivers so you know where pot holes, back-ups, police and etc.    It has helped me avoid a number of traffic jams.

I just got an update for my Waze map app...   something to do with a speaking voice...   I didn't really have time to look at it too close.  Will figure it out one day when we're out riding aimlessly!

A few years back we were returning from a trip to Florida and we were in Atlanta.  I was listening to the 'turn by turn' navigator and doing pretty good when I realized the freeway we were on was not familiar and I didn't see any I-75 signs either...  also the compass showed we were going the wrong direction.  Really couldn't stop to figure it out and we eventually ended up back on 75 and going the right direction.  We had been routed around a crash and didn't even realize it at the time. 

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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2017, 07:46:12 PM »

For those not familiar with Toledo.
Beware of speeding on the freeways esp 475 running from I75 to US23.
Toledo cops hide up on the ramps running hand held radar pretty regularly..
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Re: Driving Tips
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2017, 11:27:41 PM »

Good advice.

You should check out Google's Waze.   It is like Google maps, but includes real time information from other drivers so you know where pot holes, back-ups, police and etc.    It has helped me avoid a number of traffic jams.
Love that app - it seems to work the best and has prevented more than one speeding ticket I'm sure!      Was playing around and you can make it talk in other voices -   Mr T  is good one if you are at all tired! 


My tip to my kids was never swerve to miss a animal - brake/slow down but don't swerve!   too many have swerved and lose control and end up in worse shape. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2017, 09:59:23 AM »

Good Advise..My tip to my kids was never swerve to miss a animal - brake/slow down but don't swerve!   too many have swerved and lose control and end up in worse shape.
 
And, Don't be a lane changer at last second..
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