Driving is like the movie Final Destination
Updated: Jan 24
Driving can be a lot like the movie ‘Final Destination’ at times in the sense that something is always plotting to get you so you have to always be on your toes. It could be the next curve that you go too fast into or a sheet of black ice that you weren't expecting. Thinking ahead in traffic can save your life.
The shoulder of the road is always patiently waiting for you to slip up - 'A Little Too Much Acceleration In The Turn'
Keep your foot on the brake pedal when turning on a downhill incline to help maintain control. Once you begin to exit the turn then you can accelerate.
It could be a shoe or a bottle of water getting stuck under your brake pedal and keeping you from stopping. Or how about your mobile device lighting up the passenger compartment of your vehicle at night nearly blinding you when you get a notification. I have experienced all of these things and many more over the years and one thing that I have learned is I can't know or expect every possible hazard that I might face on any given day in traffic so I just try to stay ready.
Literally attempted murder with a Mercedes
Red Light Runners In Halifax
A proactive driver is always thinking of these and other hazards that could present themselves all while trying to come up with a plan of action if one does.
'Lights-Out Intersections' – Be super paranoid in these situations as the intersection becomes a 4-way stop and many motorists will not stop as they can't see the intersection. There are no backup lights on Nova Scotia intersections so when the lights go out it's hard to spot them.
Lights Out At Intersections; Stay frosty
Cement Truck Flips - July 2020
Never go into a curve too fast. If you enter a curve too fast then it's usually too late because if the speed is high enough and you apply your brakes the tires will lose their traction on the road and you will begin to slide.
The driver of the white car was uninjured.
That vehicle waiting to turn onto the roadway up ahead of you could possibly make a bad decision and pull out in front of you. As a proactive driver you will have already anticipated this and made any adjustments needed like reducing your speed and or watching the wheels of that car waiting to pull out to see if they might go for it.
Take all of the hazards you see seriously but also make scanning for these hazards a bit of a game that keeps your mind engaged in the current traffic scene. By making scanning for hazards into a bit of a game for your mind you will be far more likely to do it regularly because everyone loves playing games and these games also help keep you tuned in. There’s no reason that driving safe can’t also be fun.
Rollover Tanker!!! What a Load of Crap -py Water
Running commentary; read my mind in real time
Always scan intersections - 'Red Light Runner on the Bedford Highway at Southgate Drive'
Always make sure you have a good line of sight on your driver's side before pulling out
Driving Is Like The Movie Final Destination; Expect Anything
Sometimes it's what you don't react to that will keep you safe
Don't brake check a tailgater because that could cause road rage. Let off the accelerator pedal and as your vehicle slows they will pass you.
Don't speed up when approaching a turn. Set yourself up in the intersection for your turn and take your time.
Don't swerve for deer or other wildlife because many times they will change direction and not end up in your path. If you react suddenly you could flip your vehicle. This actually happened to one of my student's parents and the deer never even ended up in their path.
Don't look at the thing that is scaring you, always look in the direction you want to go. You will always end up going in whichever direction you are looking.
Don't hit the brakes too harshly on slippery surfaces because you could break traction.
Don't go into curves or off ramps too fast. When you go into a curve too fast, it's too late to slow down.
Don't signal too early. If a driver is waiting to pull out into the roadway between you and your turn, they could pull out and cut you off thinking that you are turning before them.
Don't over correct or do anything too sudden unless it's a legit emergency in which there is a risk to human life. If you over correct you could easily roll your vehicle, especially on the highway.
Don't speed up at intersections. At intersections other drivers are trying to judge your speed so it's safer to stay consistent.
Don't hit the brakes on a speed bump. Do all of your braking before the bump. Hitting your brakes on a speed bump will load up your suspension and possibly bottom out your vehicle on the bump.
Don't approach a yield sign at too fast of a speed. If you have to yield you won't be able to stop and if you stop suddenly you could get rear ended.
Don't react to the vehicle which pulls up to the stop sign too fast as you are driving by. They will stop.
Don't accelerate too fast on a slippery surface as you could break traction.
Don't move too suddenly when moving out from a stop sign to judge traffic. You could scare the other drivers.
Don't turn on your windshield wipers or try to open your windows if they are frozen. You will break them.
Don't hit the brakes if you hydroplane. Let up off of both pedals and hold the steering wheel steady.
Don't honk your horn unless it's really necessary. You could cause a road rage incident.
Don't accelerate too fast from a stop as you will only end up having to hit your brakes.
Don't talk back to cops. You will always have a better outcome with cops when you are respectful and honest.
Don't steer too sharply when curb parking as your signal light will cancel and it's harder to line up.
Don't drive too fast when you reverse park. It will only make it harder and if you were to hit a pedestrian you will have no time to react.
Don't turn on your signal light until you are actually ready to pull out from the side of the road. Leave your right signal light on for the entire time you are pulled over.
Don't drive distracted or tired. It will save your life.
Don't stop to close to the vehicle in front of you. If you get rear ended your vehicle will get sandwiched.
Don't use cruise control in the rain. The computer could accelerate your vehicle into a puddle causing it to hydroplane.