Secrets 80% Of Drivers Seemingly Don’t Know

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

Secret #1

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.

Secret #2

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.

Secret #3

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.

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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.

Secret #4

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!!

 

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New York Drivers-FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!! MOVE OVER!!!!

I don’t mean to single out an entire state or anything, but holy crap New Yorkers!

I drive for close to 4 hours a day, and like anybody else, I get stuck in a lot of traffic, much of which is caused by slow drivers, which brings me to the point of this post.

You know when you are on a one way highway with 2 or mores lanes? You are cruising along, and then all of a sudden there’s a ton of traffic and you can’t get around it no matter how hard you try. Then you notice that the people in the right lane are driving slow, which is normal and that lane is meant for such slow people. But then you see in the left most lane, the “fast lane” as it is called, and that is moving just as slow, if not slower.

Say the speed limit is 60. Most of the time the people in the right are doing about that, occasionally as slow as 50. But then you have someone in the left lane and they will be doing 50 or 55, causing an enormous line of traffic, as now all lanes are being led by exceptionally slow drivers, leaving everyone else nowhere to go.

And note that I am not a fast driver. I do not speed obnoxiously like some people. But I honestly feel if you can’t do the speed limit, especially where I live, because they are so awfully slow as it is, then you should not be on the road.

But anyway, I see this predicament almost every single day, and it is usually caused by someone with a New York license plate. Now I am not saying all New Yorkers are like this. I’ve seen speed demons and good safe drivers from this state plenty of times. And I’ve seen people from other states driving slow in the left lane plenty of times as well. All I am saying is that I have noticed that 90% of the time this crawling traffic occurs, it is because a New York driver is just crawling along in the left lane.

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And. They. Will. Not. Move. Over!!!

Most people will eventually move over, but the New York cars won’t move for anything. 200 cars can pass them on the right…they don’t care. An ambulance with it’s lights and sirens going comes up behind them…so what? A baby is in the road? The parents can always make another one…

They just do not move. And I am writing to say, friggin cut it out and get out of the lane. Just because you have nothing better to do than coast in the left lane, other people have places they need and want to be, and we don’t need you adding 10 minutes to our commutes. That’s 10 minutes of my life I will never get back, all because you don’t feel the need to at least do the speed limit.  And if this happens to me three times a week. That ends up being 26 hours a year that I have lost sitting behind slow people. Thanks a lot!

It is infuriating beyond words, but I guess that is all I have to say on the matter.