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[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]DRIVER SAFETY TIPS: THE S.I.P.D.E.METHOD OF DECISION MAKING SCAN, IDENTIFY, Tools PREDICT, DECIDE, EXECUTE   [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvcggCTD4zE[/embedyt]   [caption id="attachment_17783" align="alignnone" width="300"] Scanning can help avoid slow vehicle clog up.[/caption]   Driving within the Highway Transportation System requires constant mental alertness and scanning skills.  Your visual scanning skills and your ability to make split second decisions can affect your driving safety.   SCAN:   What are you looking for? Scanning skills and defensive driving skills are learned. They do not come naturally.   Just as learning any skill takes training and practice, driving is no different.   An inexperienced driver will not scan the roadway as an...

PROPER DRIVER POSITIONING [caption id="attachment_17052" align="alignnone" width="300"] Position your hands at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel.[/caption]   In order to maintain balanced, smooth control over your car, you should be in the proper driving position. Position your hands on the outside of the steering wheel at the 3 and 9 positions. Adjust the top of the head rest to the top of our ears Your left foot should be on the dead petal. Your right foot go from the accelerator to the brake without lifting your foot from the floor. Additional resources: www.drivesmartva.org Position yourself 10-12 inches from the steering wheel [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJQV9SAQZ0[/embedyt] Place your wrist...

Driving Defensively-Side Impact Collisions     https://youtu.be/xJ8pgQQxoJ8   Between 8,500 and 10,000 Americans are killed each year in side impact crashes. Side impact crashes occur at intersections when one vehicle makes a mistake that creates an impact on the other vehicle.  With the increase of traffic, and the increase of impatient and aggressive drivers, it is important to exercise extra caution at intersections to protect yourself. Although manufacturers have recently begun to increase the strength and security of the side of the vehicles, largely due to IIHS research, these accidents continue to be especially dangerous as the car enters at the side where there is...

What techniques can we learn to avoid collisions? A Safe Way Driving Academy, LLC   To Consider Is it possible to put space between you and other cars in all situations? What type of thought process and vehicle placement is required to avoid collisions? How does knowing the traffic patterns, understanding the signs, road markings, and being courteous to others on the road help to prevent collisions? What is the reason for most “accidents”? Can you have a crash if two people or objects are NOT occupying the same space at the same time? How can you prevent this? This is the subject of...

Can I still drive safely?   A safety guide for seniors As we age we will all experience some challenges.  For each of us the time may come when we need to consider letting someone else take over the responsibility of driving for us.  Here are some things to consider when making this difficult decision: Are you finding that you are confused or lost more often? Do you have difficulty seeing with your peripheral vision? Are you slow to respond to a tight situation? Is it difficult for you to hear your blinkers? Do you find it difficult to see at night?...

INSURANCE DISCOUNTS FOR DRIVER IMPROVEMENT CLINIC! [caption id="attachment_16970" align="alignnone" width="300"] Learn how to drive in inclement weather in our driver improvement clinic![/caption] INSURANCE DISCOUNTS FOR DRIVER IMPROVEMENT CLINIC! To consider   Þ  At 45 mph you cover 66 feet in one second.  Þ The average person takes 1 ½ seconds to begin to brake. This reaction time can increase with age. Þ It take  3 seconds to be in a crash, beginning to end. Þ It takes the average car 84 feet to come to a stop at 20 mph, can you react in time to a child running out in your neighborhood. Þ An airbag deploys at 1/25...

BGE : Blind Glare Elimination 5 times to check your blind spot [caption id="attachment_16560" align="alignnone" width="300"] Always Check your blind spot when merginig![/caption] By setting your mirrors in the BGE (blind, glare elimination) settings, with side view mirrors 7 degrees out, you can greatly reduce your blind spots. Even eliminate them completely when set properly, but it is virtually impossible to totally eliminate the blind spot for very small vehicles, motorcycles or pedestrians, so it is important to take the over the shoulder glance. You can apply a convex mirror to your rear view mirror, but these will distort the image and require...

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