1. Put your headlights on when it’s raining.
Other drivers will be able to see you better. Maybe they won’t turn or pull out in front of you if they can see you. I am constantly amazed at how many people don’t bother to turn their headlights on in even very heavy rain.
Does anybody know why they call them “head” lights?
2. Use your turn signal when you are turning or changing lanes.
It’s pretty easy really. You can do it with one finger. They are operated by the little stick on the left of the steering column. Turn the stick down for a left turn and up for a right turn. I am constantly amazed at how many people don’t bother to use their turn signals. Are they lazy, ignorant or just plain stupid? Every once in awhile, check to make sure you didn’t leave your signal on since the last turn or lane change an hour ago.
3. Keep right. Pass left. It’s a simple rule.
Don’t clog the left hand lane on multi-lane roads. The left hand lane is the passing lane. If you are not passing
someone, you don’t need to be in the left hand lane. I am constantly amazed at how many people just squat in the passing lane and don’t care how many cars are stacked up behind them trying to get by. Pass and get out of the lane. You did use your turn signal, right?
4. Hang up and drive.
Don’t talk on your cell phone while you are driving. It’s a very dangerous thing to do. If you don’t believe me, will you listen to Oprah? Here are links to “End Distracted Driving” and “The Brain and Distracted Driving.”
Studies have shown that using a hands free phone is just as dangerous as holding the phone to your ear. Put the
phone where you can’t reach it while you are driving. No not there. Somewhere else. Maybe you could just turn the damn thing off while you’re driving. I am constantly amazed at how many people I see blabbing away on their cell phones behind the wheel.
Don’t text on your cell phone while you are driving either. If you text and drive, you are just asking for it. Give driving your full attention.
5. Don’t drive with your dog on your lap.
When I see people cruising along trying to drive with a dog on their lap, I just want to scream. Is that against the law? It should be. This also applies to your cat, goat or whatever else you think is cute sitting on your lap while you are attempting to drive.
I’m constantly amazed at how some people drive. Use some commonsense.