Be safer on the road thanks to these
Bottom line- Driving safer safes lives
$ for us all!
Just because I spent six grand to get my CDL does not
make me an expert out there on the open highway, but it
has made me much more alert. If just one of these tips
sticks in your mind, and keeps you or your loved ones
safe, then the three weekends it took me to put this website
together was worth every minute.
of a big truck and into my low to the ground mini-Saturn
gives me the feeling of driving a motorcycle surrounded
by windshields. As I'm driving
down the highway in this up scaled version of a go-cart
with my butt dragging on the ground, I am thinking to
myself, "Why didn't I ever notice how dangerous this car
is? I would not let my kids drive a go-cart at
seventy-five miles an hour. They would have to wear a
helmet. They would definitely be wearing a seatbelt-
NASCAR style. What lulled my senses into believing I was
safe in this thing? Let me out of here! I want my Big
$How many times
have you hopped in your car and just taken off? Give
your car a quick check. Put on the four ways and
headlights. Give the tires a look over. Make sure your
windshield inside and out is clean. (Ever drive in the
sunlight with a dirty windshield?) Your mirrors are
clean. Drive off and know you are safe. Your life is
worth it and so is mine.
$Keep a space
cushion. Keep three car lengths, or truck lengths, in
front of you. That space cushion is your ticket to life!
Guard it like it was gold! In that space cushion you
will find the precious seconds you need to avoid a
funeral. That simple. Tail gating is a guaranteed way to
get flowers from all your friends.
Rain, Go Away. Singing won't make it go away, no
matter how bad you are at singing. The first fifteen
minutes of fresh rain on the road mixes with oil,
dripped fuel and everything else. Water and oil equal a
quick trip to skid row. Slow down and turn your head
lights on! In October of '06 a fellow trucker ignored at
least ten comments on the radio to slow it down. I was
doing thirty-five in a sixty-five when this guy flew
past, barely keeping control. Want to take a guess what
I heard ten minutes later? You got it. "Back it down.
Back it down! That idiot just jack knifed and is
blocking the entire road!" Fortunately for me, I saw the
next exit and took a detour. No sooner did I hear this
and behind me, ten miles, some idiot in a car thought he
could spin dry. He stuck himself under the tandems of a
rig he was passing and blocked the other side of the
highway. Not twenty miles further my detour
got a little longer because of a multi-car accident. I
wished I could say this was unusul. What
part of water plus oil and hydroplane is not reaching
on and off ramps use extreme caution. This is where a
majority of accidents take place. If traffic is heavy
try to move over to the left lane to let traffic on well
in advance. Triple check your mirrors before maneuvering
over. Slow down or speed up to let in traffic, but don't
slam on your brakes! When coming off the ramp into
traffic use the entire length of the lane. It's best not
to dart over as you may have missed seeing a car in your
And never try to get past the guy in
front of you because he is slowing you down with his too
cautious entry onto a highway. Stay behind him and grit
your teeth. Veering around the slower car may put you in
his entry path and make you a whole later! Worse, a
speeding car you were too impatient to see, may slam
dunk you and make a basket case out of traffic.
changes- Play it cool and smooth. Don't yank
into the lane. This is not the Indianapolis 500. The
only thing you will win on the highway for zigzagging in
traffic is a ticket to lose your license or a front row
seat at the coroner's office.
of you by fifteen seconds of travel space. Keep your
eyes moving! Check mirrors to know who and what is
where. If your mirrors are small, replace them or add
when no one is around, use your turn signal!
How many times have you sat, ready to make a turn, and
you have to wait because you think the guy coming at you
is going straight. How many nice words do you have to
say when he slows and turns instead? Your turn
signals are communication devices. Also remember
to turn them off.
D-o-w-n! Almost every accident on the road can be
attributed to excessive speed! If you are
traveling at eighty miles an hour you require more
distance to make sudden stops. Most cars were not meant
to handle like Ferrari's and they will "get loose." Once
this happens, most drivers cut the wheel to the right
or/and left (over steer) too far, then travel
butt-over-tin-cup in to the meridian. Worse, they can't
stop, and they are up someone else's butt so far it
takes a tow truck to pull them out.
shocks and struts between 50,000 and 80,000 miles. They
are not just designed for a smooth ride. They keep the
tire on the road, reducing wear on tie rod ends, ball
and CV joints as well as tires. Bad struts can add 12
feet to your stopping distance at 50mph in a car.
$A big rig's tire
is traveling on a piece of rubber the width of a size
nine man's shoe! At higher speeds the outside wall lifts
off the ground; in a fashion.
Guess what the size
a car tire's path is? You got it. Now add pools of rain
on the road surface. Getting the idea? Slow Down for wet
weather conditions. Hydroplaning is caused by excessive
speed. Do not be intimidated by macho aggressive
drivers. Be safe and smart. Slow down when you see water
pooling even in small quantities. After all, how much
ice does it take to land you on your backside when
walking on a sidewalk?
$Turn on your
four ways in heavy rain or fog, especially when you
travel ten miles an hour slower then the set speed
limit. If your car is fluorescent orange or Miss Piggy
pink you probably can ignore this one.
assume you know what the guy ahead knows what he is doing. I
watched a motorcycle slam into a van recently. The lady
turned on her signal, the biker assumed she was going
straight for some reason, throttled it and when she
turned he couldn't turn with her fast enough. As his
body slid past my driver's door I thought to myself,
"That was pretty stupid. Where's your helmet buddy?"
$If you must
talk on the cell phone, use a head set and keep your
eyes extra alert! They say talking on the cell phone
reduces our attention as if we were drunk. Do you know
anyone that wrecked while on the cell phone? How many
times have you come close to being hit by a driver on a
drunk drivers! If a vehicle is weaving all over the road
or slowing down a lot call 911 and get these people off
the road! If you decide to pass them use extreme
your headlights on all the time. If your car is grey,
bronze, white or black this really applies! In the truck
these are the colors that when I look down blend into
the highway, heavy rain or fog. After noticing this, I
drive my black car with the lights on! I don't care what
anyone else thinks!
$Do not drag
race through heavy traffic. A steady pace will keep your
blood pressure at safe levels. Most trucks are governed
at 68 mph. Dragonflies are caused by load weight. The
load drags the truck down going up a hill and sends it
flying going down the hill.
have an eight to ten foot blind spot in front of the
tractor. Pedestrians should make eye contact with the
driver to be sure they are seen! Do not "slip" your car
in front of the truck as the driver may choose that
moment to speed up because he/she thinks the path is
traveling at 55mph need the length of a FOOTBALL field
to come a complete stop. In rain double it.
In snow triple it! If you make a sudden stop in a
car guess what is not going to stop behind you? Hmmm.
there is nothing; no job, no appointment, no mail, no
load worth your life. Drive safe, and get there in one
piece. If you have an accident you slow everyone down.
$As more and
more drivers hit the road it gets more and more
dangerous. We have aged drivers, teen drivers, and
drivers who drive their car from the city once every
three weeks. Ironically, we have less education on how
to handle driving situations. Hey, that's a hint. How
about some training courses like the police force get,
Mr. President? Mr. Governor? Mr. Congressman? Oh, that's
right, I forgot. I pay for your limo with my taxes. I
was having a blonde moment there. (Hit my forehead.) You
don't know how to drive either! Okay, I am doing my Yoga
now. Uuummmmmmmmmmm. I will not say taxes and government
spending in the same sentence.
BEWARE OF THIS NEW CAR JACKING SCHEME
THAT IS NOW
sent me this email and I forwarded it to everyone I
When you look
into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking
space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle
of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your
doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or
whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you
reach the back of your car, that is when the car
jackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and
take off. They practically mow you down as they
speed off in your car.
And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still
in the car. So now the carjacker has your car, your home
address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your
whole identity are now compromised!
If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back
Remove the paper later._
And be thankful that you read this e-mail.
**Notice** The $ signs. Every
truck accident costs between a quarter and a half
million dollars. Every funeral costs seven-thousand
dollars. The cops need a larger police force. The
insurance rates go up. Guess what folks, it all runs
down hill and we, the individual, are at the bottom!
It's our pocket that pays for speeding. The price of
that truck wreck gets covered by increasing the price of
goods. That teenage car accident just upped everyone's
insurance rates. That angry office worker who tromped on
the accelerator and caused a fifty-two car pile up just
put my tax dollars to work in twelve fire departments,
four police departments, fifty-two insurance companies,
two state Hazmat departments and so on and so on.
Bottom line- driving safer safes lives
and $ for us all.
$Last Tip: Share this page with as many
people as you can. You will save yourself a lot of
money on flowers for your friends and family. Who knows,
maybe the national deficit will get paid off? That was
stretching it- wasn't it?
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on her website. I love being a parent! Snicker."