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Defensive Driving, Car Safety And Survival | episode 133
This week we cover defensive driving. How to stay safe on the roads.
I got this question in from a listener and knew it would be a great topic.
I talk about the lesson my Uncle taught me when I was learning to drive. To treat all other drivers like idiots.
That lesson has served me well over the years. And so far without any accidents.
To implement the rule I imagine a bubble around my car and try to not let any cars in it. I don’t tailgate nor allow myself to be tailgated.
In generally don’t like vehicles on my sides either.
I talked about using your situational awareness while driving.
Just like you would know the exits when in a restaurant know your exits while driving. And I don’t mean interstate exits.
I mean to say how you would avoid collisions, traffic jams etc.
I go on to cover what to do if your being followed and chased.
- Treat other drivers like idiots.
- Use your situational awareness when driving
- Cell phones are a hindrance
- Maintain proper distance
- Look ahead and around
How to tell if you’re being followed
- Make 4 left or right turns
- Get off and back on the interstate
What to do if you’re being chased.
- Call the police
- Don’t stop and don’t go home
- Drive to a busy public location
- Drive to a police station
- Disabled their car
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Parents and guardians often believe that teaching their teens better driving skills is as simple as riding along in the passenger seat as they practice. In today’s fast-paced world, teens need a broader education that focuses more on detailed explanations, positive reinforcement, and guidance about bad personal habits that increase accident risks on the road. Modern teens also need visual and experiential learning tools that take into account the general ways they learn best. Consider these tips to teach your teens better driving skills as you get started.
Show Patience and Understanding
It is okay to point out incorrect driving maneuvers and actions, but you need to balance your critiques with positive examples, explained in a patient and understanding tone so your teen does not shut you out, or feel less motivated to listen. Whenever possible, lower stress by telling funny anecdotes about your own early driving experiences. Negativity can demotivate your teen and even result in errors caused by nervousness and low self-esteem so keep things in their court with what positive statements you say.
Record Them While They Drive
A recording always has a greater impact than words, because it shows your teen visually the driving problems you see. Ask someone to record your teen from outside of the vehicle at a distance during practice lessons so they can review it later. Set up an interior camera in the back of the vehicle that records all of your teen’s physical actions while in the driver seat. They can watch and review mistakes and you can even show them through example what the right move might be in certain situations.
Show Them the Consequences
Since better driving skills include not being distracted, provide lessons about distracted driving. Show your teen statistics and videos related to distracted driving accidents. Afterward, show your teen the consequences in real life so that the experience has a greater impact on their understanding of common safety issues. Introduce your teen to injured accident victims or a Clearfield & Kofsky personal injury lawyer who can generically outline some worst case scenarios. Having a tangible result in front of them is a lot more impactful than just listing statistics.
Some of these tips may seem embarrassing or severe, but using them to teach your teen better driving skills can only make them safer. The most important thing to remember is that better driving helps prevent injuries and costly insurance premiums.
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Someone sent me this link (thanks Juan!)
It’s interesting to see what a LEO keeps in his patrol car and how it’s organized.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.
This weekend I had the displeasure of driving through Portland Oregon when it was in cold, snowy, icy conditions. Vehicles were wrecked all over the place. Most were minor one vehicle slides off the road and or bumps the barrier but there were a couple of not good looking roll overs. Interestingly about half the wrecked vehicles were really good winter rigs like Subaru wagons and Toyota 4×4 trucks. The issue was that while increased traction via AWB/4WD does help you go it does not help you turn or stop. So these folks got overconfident and wrecked. Another good example that all the hardware in the world will not fix a lack of skill.
Slow down on bad winter roads. Either leave in enough time or tell folks you will make it when you make it. If the roads are really bad and beyond your comfort zone consider if you even have to make the trip at all. Better to miss an event or even lose a days wages then wreck your vehicle or God forbid get someone hurt.