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When it comes to driving,
most of us consider ourselves
to be a good driver while everyone else is either
an idiot or a maniac.
We all occasionally neglect to use our turn signal, pull out
a little less than enough room, change lanes a bit too
Most of us don't mean to, but driving is a very complex
of tasks and with all that is on our minds these days, it is
to be distracted.
Road Rage is a growing problem all over the U.S. and no one
immune from it.
It is simply an incident in which one driver does something
off another one and makes them angry.
Doesn't take much, does it?
Anyone who spends any time at all on the road has and will
to experience some form of Road Rage.
Thankfully, not the type that ends up with someone shot or
Usually, it is simply someone else's behavior causing us to
something under our breath (or louder) and that is the end
Here are some basic driving tips that can help to prevent
being the target of someone else's rage.
They will also make you a very
good driver if you consistently
exercise them every time you hit the road.
You can save fuel, and protect yourself and your family on
by practicing defensive driving techniques, by anticipating
happening ahead of you on the road and reacting
First and foremost, be courteous.
Think of what you might say or do
to the other driver if you were
face-to-face say, in the grocery store.
We have a tendency to slip into
anonymity when we are behind the
wheel and can act out in ways that we would never think of
were actually eye-to-eye with the other person.
Instead of automatically reacting when you feel angry,
your emotions by counting slowly, singing, or making
funny animal noises: meow, roar, or moo for about 10 seconds
This might sound strange, but you might end up laughing
Obey the general rules of the road.
If you are simply driving aggressively and cutting others
then you are definitely asking for it.
Don't use obscene gestures.
Some people drive with their left foot resting on
the brake pedal,
a habit that increases fuel consumption and wears out the
This is also be dangerous because it causes heat buildup in
brakes, which reduces braking power.
Plus your brake lights stay on all the time, which means
behind you have no warning when you actually apply
the brakes to
slow down or stop.
Periodically check your turn signals.
We all laugh at the folks driving down the road with their signal
on for miles, but it can happen to the best of us.
Just make it part of your scan as you drive and make sure
off until you want to turn or change lanes.
Signal your intentions.
If you want to turn or change lanes, use the fancy little
lever on the
steering column that makes those cool little lights on the
of your car flash.
Keep looking around you, in and out of your car, while
Check your mirrors, turn signals, gauges, blindspots, other
etc, constantly to keep aware of what's going on around you.
Some people are totally oblivious to anything other than
phone while they are driving and it really irritates
else around them.
If, while checking your mirrors, you see someone behind you
(probably too close) and you are in the left lane, move to
Don't block a speeding car to slow them down, you might be
Stay out of their way.
This applies only if you have room in the next lane and do
a legitimate need to be in the left lane (other than to make
behind you mad).
Give aggressive drivers plenty of room to get around you.
Don't make eye contact with an aggressive driver.
Most aggressive drivers habitually tailgate and
to get ahead of everyone in front of them
(even if there are ten more cars ahead stacked up in that
It is not worth a confrontation just to hold up the idiot.
Just let him or her pass. If they are speeding, hopefully an
officer will get to meet him up ahead.
Do not tailgate those ahead of you. About 90% of rear end
accidents are caused at least in part by people following
car ahead of them too closely.
The old rule of thumb is 1 car length for every 10 MPH of
That is the minimum.
You will not lose that much time by backing off a few car
and you might avoid being at fault in an accident.
You will also keep from ticking that person in front of you
possibly causing them to suddenly brake for that "dog" that
out in front of them.
Watch your high beam headlights.
Make sure that you are not blinding anyone (either oncoming
from behind) with your brights.
Speaking of headlights.....
Do not be afraid to use them!
If visibility is poor, turn on your headlights.
Just because you can see all of the other cars does not mean
can see you.
If it is raining, snowing, foggy, very cloudy, or you simply
see very well, turn them on.
In Wisconsin, the law now requires you to have your lights
it is raining.
Anticipate the other driver's next move.
If you anticipate that the person beside you is going to
in front of you, you will be ready and can prepare
Leave room in front of your vehicle at traffic lights.
You should always leave enough room ahead of your vehicle to
you to pull out and around the car in front of you should an
emergency arise or the car ahead of you becomes disabled.
Always leave yourself an escape route.
If you see someone driving aggressively, stay away
and contact the police or sheriff's department when you can
safely do so.
Even if you're not being affected by the aggressive driver,
be saving other lives on the road.
And remember, don't get
distracted by your cell phone.
Whenever you're driving and your attention is not on the
putting yourself, your passengers, other vehicles, and
5 Keys of
The Smith System was established in 1952 by
Harold Smith, it
operates on the principle that most collisions are
if the right driving habits are learned, practiced and
Since then, millions of drivers have benefited from this
1. Aim High in Steering:
Look 15 seconds into your future, not just
look at the vehicle
in front of you.
2. Get the Big Picture:
Look for Hazards:
Other Motorists, Pedestrians, Vehicle doors opening
3. Keep Your Eyes Moving:
Don’t stare. Use your peripheral vision. Stop
the fixed habit stare.
4. Leave Yourself an Out:
Monitor the space cushion around you and your
5. Make sure They See You:
Use your signals, Directionals, 4-Way
Head Lights, Brake Lights, Horn.
Make Eye Contact.