Popular Mechanics has looked into autos and driving and discovered that there are at least five things we all need to know to stay safe on the road.
- First of all, the publication found that most drivers suck. They simply freeze when it comes to avoiding accidents despite the fact that a good number of accidents could be prevented if drivers prepared themselves with a bit of training.
- Since antilock braking systems, Popular Mechanics says drivers can, and should, stomp on the brakes when need be. These brakes don’t lock up, so the tires continue to roll and provide traction throughout the braking allowing a car to be steered.
- Another thing that drivers need to be aware of is that they must not overcorrect when their car drifts a bit onto the shoulder. Popular Mechanics says that overcorrecting after partially drifting off the right side of the route is a common cause of accidents and road deaths. Instead, drivers need to practice easing off of the accelerator and gently returning to the road when the coast is clear.
- Proper hand position is key to being a safe driver. These days, folks need to place their hands at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions or the 8 and 4 o’clock spots. No more, due to airbags and power steering, should you place your hands at 10 and 2 o’clock. Sorry grandma.
- Finally, Popular Mechanics says that we will react in the real world as we do in practice so we need to practice. To do this, find a dead end road that is little traveled or an empty parking lot and practice smashing on the brakes while continuing to steer and controlling the vehicle.