Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Formally Baltimore, Md.; Currently York, Pa.
Re: 50 Ways to Save Your Life
Just seeing this.
I wholeheartedly agree with most of the items listed throughout this thread (though I can relate to what MSFInstructor states about covering your front brake, I've just trained myself NOT to pull the right brake in a panic). Having limits in my mobility, driving /riding becomes a whole new level of privilege for me, so I've lived by these rules and others all of my mobile life. I started racing cars on a closed track at 14yrs old, only to have to fight like a dog to get my license at 18, because I was "handicapped" and use both feet to drive. I had to be better, faster, more instinctive and aware than anyone in my class (or that I knew) just to "prove" that I was "capable" of handling a car. As a Law Enforcement Officer, again I had to prove myself better at defensive driving, and vehicle handling.
Now, after over 24yrs of driving, I can honestly say that motorcycle, car, SUV, or 10Ton Moving Van, #1 is true; You are invisible!!
People today don't even try to drive; they get behind the wheel and expect the car to drive itself. They can't park, drive at their own pace without regard to flow of traffic, have no concept of lane control, driving beyond their front bumper, or what a passing lane is used for, have no courtesy or regard for other motorists, and don't even yield right-of-way to emergency vehicles anymore (police excepted, and that's only because they think they may get a ticket if they don't). They drive too fast in the slow lane and too slow in the fast lane, use their horn more for offense than notification, and regardless of what you drive, they will hit you before letting you get in front of them or "cut across" them, even at a traffic light. To make matters worse, the very concept of "Lead by example" is no longer even practiced by our Law Enforcement personnel.
If you always keep this in mind, and always drive as if you expect others to intentionally attempt to cause you to get in an accident, you'll be as safe as you can be with today's motorists.
I'm all for eating, drinking, talking on the phone, smoking, and playing loud music while driving; but first, people need to LEARN HOW TO DRIVE, without the distractions. Most people today, including MOST police officers, can't! Remember that.