Did you know that if you hit the person in front of you even if they slam on their brakes suddenly, more then likely you are going to be at fault for the accident for riding to close also called riding their bumper and Tailgating. This could be considered aggressive driving. What you should be doing instead is driving a least one car length per 10 miles an hour.
Here are some tips if your driving in frustration behind a slow driver.
Stay calm and stay behind them at a safe distance until you have an opportunity to turn off to a short cut you know or to pass them safely. Use your turn signal so they can see you are about to go around them. If at night, use your turn signal and click on your high beams a couple of times so you get their attention and then proceed with caution.
Here are some tips to avoid getting rear ended.
Make sure your brake lights are working correctly. If your vehicle is not up to par, you may be charged if you are in an accident when someone has run into you.
Check your rear view mirrors to see what is going on behind you. If you have someone riding your back bumper, pull off the road and let them pass.
Use your turn signals well in advance of lane changes and turning onto side streets.
Stay within the speed limit, going to slow can be just as dangerous as driving too fast and yes you can also get a ticket for driving too slow.
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Just like a boat on the water, your vehicle can skid over the water in what is called hydroplaning. When your hydroplaning your tires lose traction with the pavement and you are now slipping and sliding over water. Worn tires, tires not inflated correctly, how fast you are going and the amount of water on the pavement contribute to hydroplaning. This is scary and the first thing to do is Don’t Panic!
Here are some tips to get your though hydroplaning safely.
Take your foot off the accelerator.
Do not step on the brake.
Shift the vehicle into neutral.
As the car is slowing down, steer in the direction you want to go.
Here are some tips to help you in a rain storm.
• Turn on your lights. It is required by law but sometimes it is the smallest things we forget to do. This will not only help you see but will help other motorists to see your car on the road.
• Reduce your speed when you are approaching any sort of large puddle or flooded roadway.
Decreasing your speed will increase the contact of your tires treads on the surface of the road and reduce the risk of hydroplaning in pooled water.
• Stay a safe distance from other cars and if possible drive in the tire tracks of the car in front of you so you will not be going through as much water on your tires.
• If you are approaching stop signs or light signals, slow down a bit sooner than normally and give yourself time to get to the light or stop sign.
Try to drive as smoothly and cautiously as possible. Avoid excessive braking and accelerating and be careful when going around corners, if you tires are slippery you may do more than just around the corner.
Maintaining your vehicle is vital for just a time such as a very wet roadway or rain storm.
• Make sure both your headlights are working correctly. You want others to see you in the daylight and at night.
• Check your windshield wipers. Replace the current wiper blades with new ones whenever there are any issues with it cleaning the windshield proper.
Your tires are vital for your safety. Get good tires that are suited for wet and dry conditions. Look more for quality then low price.
Make sure your tires are inflated to standard of your vehicle. Well maintained tires can cut through water and more importantly keep traction better then worn tires. If you do not see good tread on your tires, its time to go shopping.