Tag: Driving Rules

Take Five

Drive Happy
Drive Happy

Five minutes to happier drives! Before driving to any destination I take a few minutes to prepare for the drive.  I’ve learned that taking the following steps really help me to focus and deal with driving situations that become apparent during my trips.

  1. Check the weather – at my location and where I’m going – It may only take a few seconds if you’re staying in your neighborhood; however, if your journey extends more than ten miles, you’ll benefit from knowing.
  2. Check the traffic/road conditions – If you listen to radio or view TV this task can be achieved while you’re getting dressed.  Using my LIVE traffic app reveals results in seconds.
  3. Take a minute to walk around the car to eyeball the tires, lights and any damage from the last parking lot I used.  If I’m not sure of my gas level I check that too.
  4. As I check my mirrors and put on my seat belt, I adjust my attitude to the temperament needed for the place and time I’ll be driving; that way I can keep my blood pressure in check.
  5. I choose my distractions. It’s true, driving is a full-time and attention task. I choose devices and activities accordingly.  I automatically turn on my speakerphone “for incoming emergencies only” if I’m not using my GPS.  My phone is in the bag ensuring that if I need it I’ll have to pull over. I adjust the music level and take a deep breath before pulling off.

Most of the time I can get all this done in less than five minutes, giving me additional time to get to my intended location (stuff happens).  It took me a while to form this routine. I realized that when I didn’t perform these one minute tasks my driving experience suffered.  Since driving is usually the first and last part of most daily activities I encounter outside my home I prefer safe and pleasant journeys.  Maybe you get ready to drive in less time, that’s great! This five-minute routine is what helps me keep my eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and drastically reduce the times when I feel the desire to participate in road rage.  What do you do before you drive? Share a pre-driving task with us, after all sharing is caring!

Safe Travels 🙂

Just So You Know #3

Operation Safe Driver Week
Operation Safe Driver Week

Next week is Operation Safe Driver Week (October 19-25).  A press release by prweb.com  reports that, last year, law enforcement officers stopped 74,765 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during the 2013 Operation Safe Driver mobilization week; nearly triple the 26,487 stopped during the 2012 event. The top three reasons warnings and citations were issued were: (1) speeding, (2) failing to use a safety belt, and (3) failure to obey traffic control devices.

Law enforcement officers are gearing up to bring the numbers down. The campaign aims to lower the number of deaths and injuries from crashes involving large trucks and buses and cars. Spread the word, Drive smart and be sure to:

  1. Wear a seatbelt.
  2. Put children in proper restraints.
  3. Obey yellow and red lights.
  4. Use your turn signal.
  5. Follow vehicles at a safe distance
  6. Drive the posted speed limit.
  7. Be aware of other drivers and their vehicles
  8. Turn your cell phone off.
  9. Be the passenger with a suspended or cancelled license.
  10. Stop at flashing lights at crosswalks.
  11. Yield/stop to emergency vehicles and peace officers.
  12. Come to a complete stop at all stop signs.
  13. Be the passenger when under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

There are many other reasons to be stopped by the attentive law officers, so do your best and feel free to add to the list in the comment section.

Safe Travels 🙂

Just So You Know #2

 

Best Cities for Driving
Best Cities for Driving

I was curious about where my city ranked in a report depicting Americas safest drivers. My guess was 100, considering the number of vehicles on the streets of D.C. Boy was I wrong.  D.C. ranked 198. Alexandria 193 and Baltimore 195 in the 200 city ranking for 2014. Wow! Those numbers give new meaning to being a safe city for driving.  Fort Collins, CO. was ranked #1  – The city least likely to  experience a collision, Congrats!

Did you know that 70% of  car crashes happen at speeds under 35 mph?  Do you expect to have a crash every ten years?  How does your city rank? Check out  the  Allstate Americas Best Drivers report, you could be surprised by the data shown from 2005-20014.

 

 

 

 

 

Marys Cruise Ride

marys cruise rider

In the interest of safe driving, we asked our fans, friends and customers to share their driving stories with us and we share them with you from time to time. This story while amusing is definitely not what we consider safe driving or riding.  You be the judge.  Here’s Mary story:

I got a true story to tell you. After church one Sunday,  I went on a CRUISE RIDE with my baby girl. It was a beautiful sunny warm day, why not take a ride with my daughter. We’re in her convertible red mustang riding down the road when she announces we’ll meet up with the other cars.  I didn’t think too much about it because we were just going to be cruising.

We arrived at the meeting place not too far from church and only two cars were there.  We sit and wait. About ten minutes later I hear engines and cars start arriving one by one. Beautiful cars, in all colors, Challengers, Mustangs, a Cadillac (only one but it was fab), Chargers, a Honda, and BMW, just to name a few.

Finally, it’s time to go and my sweet baby girl says, Mom take pictures and video with my cell while we’re on the CRUISE RIDE.  I should have suspected something out of the ordinary, but I didn’t. (Silly me)  My baby girl put the top down, I get the cellphone, adjust my glasses and get ready to take pictures.

Next, we line up, as I try to take a picture my baby girl hit second gear so fast the cell flew out my hands and landed in the back seat. Yes, seriously the cell was trying to escape. My baby girl had the nerve to say “oh my.. . What the heck” (looking like I was incompetent of  holding a cellphone and taking a picture).

I get the cell and begin videotaping. What I should have done was got out when looking through the lens, I see a group of cruisers block the street and all the cars cruise through the stop sign. I am an up-to-date mom, I can hang or so I thought. I unbuckle my seat belt to take a few pictures of the cruisers and realize my lovely baby girl is in the middle of the cruise riders’ and everything was fine until they hit the highway – when they lost their minds! In the next three seconds, my baby girl turned into someone I didn’t know. I turned around just in time to see all four lanes of traffic are the cruise riders. OK, we are cruising right? Wrong!  We are going 80 miles an hour and the normal drivers were trying to get out of the way. Now, I am still videoing (I think or I was just frozen in place I don’t know which).  All I heard was muscle engines all around me. At one point that person who I thought was my baby girl hit triple digits. About twenty minutes later when the cruise riders stopped I notice we’re not at our destination. Oh,they had to stop to refuel. (Lead foot equals empty pockets).  The girl that turned into someone else was starting to look like my daughter again….But we are not there yet and her pretty face soon turned into someone I didn’t know again.  When the cruise ended, everyone hugged, laughed and talked as if this was just a day at the park.

Meanwhile, I’m shaking my head, smiling, trying to be the cool up-to-date Mom, but praying silently:

Lord, I fussed when I had to carry shoes, bags and outfits for dance classes… Please God bring back the bags, outfits and shoes, now I know I am not the up-to-date mom. AND

Baby girl the next time you offer me a special ride, please explain in my language what it really means.

In my day, “cruising” was driving slow and letting people look at your car and you smile as you pass them. Cruising now is muscle cars driving like a bat out of hell.

I’m still wondering why they call it CRUISE RIDE, felt more like Flying Ride to me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive Better

lady driver

Do you think all drivers aspire to drive better?  I wish! I try.  No I’m not a perfect driver. Yes I’m distracted sometimes, Yes I use profanity, Yes I need to do better. What about you?  If you drive regularly you see drivers making unsafe maneuvers, not giving full attention and exhibiting other bad behaviors too often.   Handling your car, being courteous and limiting distractions are all necessary for better driving habits on the road today.  Better drivers, make safer journeys for everyone. Read more on how to be a better driver.  Imagine driving when more people used them! Share the link with a new driver you know.  Safe travels 🙂

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