There’s a lot of things everyone sees every day when they are out driving, specifically what other drivers do, or rather what they don’t do. There are some things I personally see so often that I have come to the conclusion that most people just don’t know about these things they can do while driving to improve their own abilities and avoid causing traffic build up. So I am going to be a nice guy and share some tips
Did you know that you can actually press down on the gas pedal when going uphill?
If you never knew this, I suggest trying it out! So many people go up steep hills and just allow themselves to just drop like 20 mph. But if you press down harder on the gas pedal you can avoid this and actually maintain your speed, thus preventing the abysmal traffic so many people have to sit in on every highway that involves hills.
Your car will not flip when going around turns. This is not to say you shouldn’t exercise caution around turns and adjust your speed accordingly depending on what type of vehicle you are driving. But I promise you, unless the turn is EXTREMELY sharp, chances are you will be completely fine.
In other words, you don’t have to drop 10-20 mph for every little curve in the road, you are quite safe, I assure you. A slight dip in speed, like 5 mph tops might be acceptable, but a lot of times, the speed limit will get you through easily. Often faster than the limit is good enough.
It’s all about maintaining your speed. The worst culprits are the idiots who do like 10-15 under most of the time (I have a lot of winding roads) and then when we finally get to a straight away with a passing zone, these guys think they are hot stuff and start doing 10-15 over, but as soon as that passing zone ends 10 seconds later and the slight curves show up again, they are back to being slow idiots.
Now when you combine turns with hills, forget it, people are going to drive 20-25 under the speed limit. Again, in 99% of the cases, you will be fine, either going down or uphill and with or without turns.
Don’t follow too close to the person in front of you, especially on multi-lane highways. I can’t help but laugh at just about everyone tailgating everyone on highways at high speeds, as if they leave more than a car space in front of them, then they are going to be late to wherever they are going.
This too, is simply not the case. Leaving a safe distance around you will make you no later, I swear it. If anything, it will prevent collision if the person in front of you slams on his brakes. You won’t hit them, and the person behind you won’t rear end you.
And even if a collision doesn’t happen, when the person in front of you hits his brakes, you immediately have to hit yours, and then the person behind you has to hit them harder, and this goes on and on with each person in line having to hit their brakes harder and harder, eventually causing traffic to come to a complete stop.
So you see, traffic and collisions are going to slow you down more than distancing yourself from other cars.
And do try to avoid being one of those idiots who squeeze in to that tiny spot in between to cars when shifting lanes, because again, the person you cut in front of has to hit his brakes and we find ourselves in that same crawling situation. I know I am asking a lot of people to be considerate of those behind them, but I must try anyway.
This one isn’t as much of a common problem, but I still experience it quite often.
Don’t turn on your high beams if you can see someone in front of you! No matter how far ahead of you they are, you’re still blinding them. And make sure you have them off when you are around other cars too! Almost every day some doofus has their brights on, blinding everyone. Pay attention, will you!
And that’s all I will generously share today! Please try to follow these secrets now that you have been enlightened!!