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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...

IIHS test passenger side safety!   Wait for it! https://youtu.be/EyTG3C5qFCU The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety is now testing passenger side safety in crashes.  The institute is located in Virginia and has played a major role in improving safety in our automobiles.  From 2009-2014, there were nine (9) vehicles that had no fatalities per million cars on the road. The IIHS has does great work in encouraging automobile manufactures to beef up their vehicles to protect the passengers.  At the IIHS they test new safety devices, side  collision safety, driver side front end collision safety, roll over top crush safety, among many other things.  They...

DRIVER IMPROVEMENT CLINIC 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.  As we age our reflexes along with our eyesight and cognitive abilities slow down.  This is a natural process of aging.  We can make our best efforts to slow down or retard this process as much as possible, but it is something that seniors need to take into consideration. Driving tips! There are some tips that I can offer as a driving instructor to help...

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...

Techniques for avoiding collisions- SIPDE [caption id="attachment_53" align="alignnone" width="300"] SIPDE and safe driving[/caption] Techniques for avoiding collisions- SIPDE S.I.P.D.E is an acronym for defensive driving. #Defensivedriving is not a passive activity, but rather an active, conscious effort made to train your eyes and mind to drive in a defensive manner. By using this system of scanning the environment, identifying possible conflicts and preparing in advance for these conflicts you will be able to, essentially: decide ahead what action you need to take in order to execute smooth movements and avoid any conflict that may arise. An intersection in an urban environment is the most potentially dangerous...

  Holiday driving!Holiday driving! Watch out! As so many of us are traveling during the holidays, here are a few tips to remember as you navigate our roads.   Always be sure your attention is on the road in front of you!  Your lIne of sight (LOS) is your path of travel (POT).children.  Research shows that you must never take your eyes off the road for more than 1 second. Stay back! Many tavelers are in unfamiliar territory.  You need to stay back and let them make a few mistakes.  You always need to be at least 2 seconds back at all road speeds.  To...

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...