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  •  "Moving oval" (8+ / 0-)

    In addition to the vital point made by the diary, there is also some strategy to taking the drama out of driving.

    It is impossible to achieve in any real-life traffic, but pro drivers continuously try to come as close as possible to having an oval of empty space around them (longer in the front-back direction).

    Simply keeping two seconds of space from the car in front is valuable and difficult enough to keep you occupied.

    Another component to awareness is knowing what's in front of the car in front of you. It's an overbuilt SUV, of course, so you can't see over it, but every curve gives you a chance to see around it and every hill a chance to look underneath it at what's ahead.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 07:08:51 PM PDT

    •  Very important point. (5+ / 0-)
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      karmsy, worldlotus, greengemini, kurt, Kevskos

      I want that empty space to include both sides of my vehicle, and I frequently vary my speed to locate myself in the most open section of highway.

      All the while, the drivers I call "magnetizers" are constantly attempting to tailgate, to drive beside me and match my speed, or to pass and immediately slow down. They aren't doing this maliciously; they simply aren't aware of their surroundings.

      For me, driving two hours on a busy freeway is more difficult than a full day on country roads. I drive those back roads whenever I can, even if the trip takes more time.

    •  the driver training (6+ / 0-)

      that I got at work said 4 seconds at highway speed, half a block at 30 mph. You can almost feel the correct distance. (The department manager insisted that all of his people get driver training, whether they actually drove a company vehicle or not, because there was always a possibility that we'd need to do it some time.)

      Our training program was Smith Driving; a lot of companies use it.
      Aim High in Steering - Avoid Collisions by seeing, evaluating, and acting upon all information available.
      Get the Big Picture - Fewer mistakes are made when you have the complete traffic picture.
      Keep Your Eyes Moving - Proper scanning techniques separate safe drivers from people who make costly errors.
      Leave Yourself an Out - All that separates drivers from a collision is space. Use it to your advantage.
      Make Sure They See You - Seek eye contact and use your warning devices at the same time

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 07:35:18 PM PDT

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