Join Date: May 2007
Location: Beasley, Texas, USA
I used to drive for UPS where safety was a big concern. They had 5 rules for driving that we all had to know by heart. They make a lot of sense for trucks car and bikes.
1. Drive ahead. Maybe the most important one. Don't fall into the habit of looking right in front of you when driving, get your head up and look way down the road. Any hazardous road conditions will be revealed much sooner, giving you more time to deal with them. This will avoid 90% of emergency braking and swerving manuevers.
2. Get the big picture. Avoid "tunnel vision". Look from curb to curb in city driving, roadside to roadside in the country. Danger often comes from the side not just in front.
3.Leave yourself an out. Always be expecting trouble from any direction and have someplace to go to avoid it.
4.Keep your eyes moving. Don't fixate on any one object for long. Scan side to side, check your mirrors frequently (Try to have an open space on at least one side, two is better, tell yourself when looking, clean- no car, dirty-vehicle in the space), check your gauges every few seconds. Avoid "road hypnosis".
5.Make sure they see you. Use your signals, use your horn when appropriate, try to make eye contact at intersections before you pull out.
I say more dumb &#!* before noon than most people say all day.
SE Texas Patriot Guard member