Long experience does not always mean that you have a skilled and careful driver, so we decided to recall the most common traffic situations in which many behave incorrectly.
You can drive for years and never learn how to park, keep your distance or pass safely. Today we have collected rules that can be useful to every car enthusiast, and, perhaps, one of the most is mutual respect, which, according to most drivers, we all lack on the roads.
Don't snuggle, keep your distance
Failure to maintain a safe distance is the cause of a large number of accidents, especially in winter. You can determine the distance on a dry road by dividing the speed in two: you drive at a speed of 60 km / h - the distance must be at least 30 meters. However, everyone's eye is different, and many drivers find it difficult to judge distance by eye, so a simple "three-second rule" can be followed to stay at a safe distance. This is not difficult. Be aware of any object on the road that the car in front of you passes, such as a road sign or a building. Count how many seconds it will take you to pass the same object and, if you don't have time to count to three, increase the distance to the car, a little behind. In winter and on slippery roads, the distance should be increased even more, as braking will require more space, that is, count up to 6 seconds.
It’s all the more not worth snuggle up to heavy trucks, because pebbles often fly from under the wheels into the windshield of your car, and in winter, if, for example, a gazelle is driving in front of you, snow accumulated on the roof can deprive you of your view. If someone is pressing against your car from behind, double your own distance, that is, you should have even more distance from the car in front. Well, or let the car behind overtake, slightly slowing down compared to the main stream and giving way to the “racer”, just do not slow down sharply.
Don't prepare for a U-turn by turning your wheels to the left
If you are going to either turn left or turn around, keep your wheels straight and do not prepare for the turn in advance. If someone accidentally drives into you from behind at high speed, then by inertia your car will push your car into the oncoming lane, and you will suffer much more, and not the one who is to blame for the incident. If the wheels stand straight, then you will simply be pulled forward, which threatens a maximum repair of the rear of the body.
Don't enter the intersection if there is a traffic jam ahead
Even if the green light is on and you are being honked from behind, stay where you are and wait for the traffic ahead to move. It is precisely because of the entrance to the intersection with a traffic jam that traffic jams often form, and many drivers do not even imagine the scale of the consequences of their behavior. Light up green? Assess the situation in advance, otherwise, after the traffic light switches, and you remain standing in the center of the intersection, you will be signaled from the right and left. And if someone behind does not agree, remember the traffic rules, which say that in the event of a traffic jam, it is strictly forbidden to enter the intersection (clause 13.2. SDA), a fine of 1,000 rubles.
Do not blind with high beams
Every fourth accident occurs after sunset, and the most dangerous time is autumn and winter, from 19.00 to 21.00. Therefore, one of the important conditions for driving at night is not to blind oncoming drivers with high beams. If you are approaching the car in front of you with high beams, please also switch to low beams. Not all drivers know that the rear-view mirror has a special lever that switches the mirror to dimming mode.
In the case when a car flies towards you and blinds you with a high beam, you don’t need to blind it in response, it’s better to look a little to the side, to the side of the road, so as not to lose visibility at all.
If you are going on a long trip at night, check and adjust your headlights.
Get in the habit of wiping your windshield and mirrors before every ride. Even a light coating of dirt on the windshield impairs visibility, which means it increases the danger on the road. During the day, you may not see stains and oil stains, but at night they greatly interfere with driving. Also keep in mind that at night the distance to objects seems to be greater than it actually is, so do not forget about the distance. If you can clearly see the number plate of the car in front, slow down.
And one more not well-known life hack for a long night trip: if you put a slice of lemon under your tongue, the acid sharpens your eyesight and keeps you awake.