This week, I am in the middle of both packing for an impending move and getting ready for a long road trip to the frozen Midwest. So this post will be short and sweet, but hopefully, you’ll find it useful.
Regardless of your skill level, here are 10 ways to immediately improve your driving:
1. Learn to scan the road at least a quarter of a mile ahead. This will help you anticipate and strategize for changing conditions and traffic.
2. Don’t be a road potato and hog the left lane. Move over to the right and let faster drivers pass.
3. If you’re behind a tall delivery truck or a semi on streets with traffic lights, don’t follow it too closely. If he runs a yellow light, you may not see that the light has turned red until the top of his vehicle clears the light and you’re smack in the middle of the intersection.
4. Regardless of what else you may be doing in your car while driving, don’t take your eyes off the road for more than a second at a time. Less is better.
5. Hesitation or indecision can be deadly at intersections and when changing lanes on the freeway. Be decisive and prompt in your intentions and actions. (But, that said, don’t forget to take the time to properly look and register what you’re seeing before you move.)
6. If you’re stopped for a red light at an intersection, quickly look both ways before you go on the green light to check for red-light runners.
7. Don’t brake unless it’s really necessary. Don’t accelerate unless it’s really necessary. Keeping a light foot on both pedals saves both gas and your brakes.
8. Never, ever text when you’re driving. Texting has been proven to be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.
9. Think twice at intersections. Every time you push a yellow light, you may be forcing someone oncoming who is caught in the middle of the intersection to go on a red.
10. When you parallel park or do a 3-point turn, look in the direction you want to go before you start moving the car. It makes all the difference in the world.