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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

(1) ... Responding to a green light without making sure that the vehicle ahead has began to move.

2 ... Distracted or inattention to driving - such as reaching for an object while the vehicle is moving.

(3) ... Entering or exiting the highway without using the ramps correctly. New drivers on the highway may suddenly swerve left due to a preception that merging highway traffic may not yield.

4 ... Driving above the person's skill (experience) level despite the type of vehicle being driven- such as changing lanes at high speeds with stop condition ahead.

5 ... Not braking enough when an obvious collision is present. Don't ask - what is this guy doing, is he an idiot? Brake hard while leaving a cushing of space ahead of your vehicle, and if necessary steer arround anything in your way to avoid accidents. Remember, most people do not brake hard enough to avoid a collision - and that includes the driver behind you. So brake hard if neccessary and keep an eye on the driver just behind you.

New drivers exibit a delayed reaction when responding to a changing yellow light. They tend not to brake early enough to avoid stopping on the crosswalk or possibly passing the red light. This is because they often struggle with a momentary pause as to which choice is best - to stop or go.

(6) ... Making sudden maneuvers at high speeds with a vehicle not designed for that purpose - once your wheels leave the road, any traction, or stability control implementations can be defeated.

(7)... Do not re-enter the straight lanes after entering the turn lane for any reason.

(8)... Keep at least one car lenght between yourself and the vehicle turning just ahead - don't assume that they will turn fast enough for you to avoid rear ending them.

(9)... Avoid turning onto two lane roads (ex. right) while the left lane is occupied if the other drivers must brake for you to complete your turn safely. It is possible you may turn too wide; the other driver may change lanes or not be able to avoid you on wet/slippery roads.

(10) ... Entering corners too fast when the road is wet. When single car crashes, this results in going over the curb and often into a tree.

(11) ... Driving too fast on snow and unable to steer or stop straight - line after someone else has stopped ahead of you or turned into your path. If your wheels spin when you  accelerate, expect them to slide when stopping!

(12) ... Assuming that the situation ahead won't result in a crash, because if it does happen it will not be your fault anyway.

(13) ...Assuming that the vehicle ahead will go through the yellow light because you would have, and this is why the rear end crash happened.

(14) ... Assuming that the other vehicle is smaller than yours, and smaller vehicles always gave you way, so why should this time be different.

(15) ... Usually teens - backing out of parking spaces especially school parking lots, while not looking behind left and right sufficiently.

(16) New drivers can damage the vehicle by not adjusting speed and steering for different road elevations: especially when transitioning from a flat to a higher, or lower, road surface.

(17) During the first month, new licensed drivers have a tendency to respond to red traffic lights just like stop signs. This can be very dangerous. This misunderstanding is reflective of drivers who never had much exposure to large and congested roads before taking the road test.

(18) Sun-Glasses with large frames can obscure the blind spots, unless the driver actively turns their head in order to compensate for this blocked out view of the road from the left and right sides.

(18b) Windshields cannot be tinted, but when turning, tinted side windows obscure your vision of object or people in the crosswalk especially at night.

19) Crashes resulting from drivers reacting to a stopped School Bus can occur when drivers are faced with choosing to continue for a green light or stopping for school bus with flashing red light at same intersection. These crashes happen because some drivers will respond to flashing school bus and others, seeing the green light, are slow reacting to the bus condition - resulting in multiple rear-end collisions.

(20) Do not assume that the other driver ahead will drive through the changing yellow light. This assumption while tailgating, often results in rear-ending the driver choosing to stop for the light.

(21) Anxious and new drivers tend to watch traffic and objects of fear with greater intensity than reading the traffic signs. This can result in passing traffic lights and stop signs.

Crashes resulting from cell phone use are not included here due to social and psychological conditioning that are not always the fault of the individual.

This is a dirty secret that has its roots in anxiety. The difference here is that the anxiety is specific only to the highway. Try this: Drive by the service or access road as many times as you are comfortable with. Carefully watch the people who are entering. Most of the time they do not stop, in fact most drivers enter on acceleration, not braking. That is a better approach because it prevents bottleneck for traffic on the highway. Merging traffic does not have right of way, so be prepared to stop if necessary.

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Notice the length of the on ramp. Use it to adjust your entry speed, but avoid entering too early because you risk getting rear ended or angering other drivers. Also, your spacing between vehicles as you enter is really important in order to stop safely on the ramp when necessary.

Driving on the highway is easy compared to the merge. The greatest risk is being rear-ended by a driver looking left for too long instead of watching the vehicle just ahead while merging. When it's all said and done, merging on to the highway is no different than changing lanes in normal traffic.

The highway system is designed so that the lower even route numbers start south in the country, going east to west. The odd route numbers, like I-95 are North/South directions only. If you encounter a route number such as 495, then it is likely that this mixed route will merge or cross at some point, based on your direction of travel.

Bridge anxiety is not the subject on this page, but I do realize that is the reason for reading this. It may help to think of bridges as the normal grounded roadway. With this approach accessing the bridge can be a normal interchange approach just like any multilane intersection.

It will be to your advantage to seek out the inner lane - close to the divider, this way your view over the side is limited and interference from merging traffic is less. As you drive, look ahead toward the end of the bridge, this will reduce any previous anxiety.

Be aware that you may have to change lanes in order to access your desired route. However, do not change lanes while on the bridge.

Changing lanes should be done before or after traversing the bridge where toll booth entry will allow multiple wide lanes for changing.

When driving next to a semi tractor trailer, keep in mind that they were professionally trained. A truck driver's responsibility is to the cargo and safety. They are not interested in aggressive driving habits. So don't be afraid of the larger trucks.

Without any doubt, truck drivers are the safest and most considerate drivers on the road. They are also the most experienced, since they already possess another class of license. So relax and keep only the next few warnings in mind: Just like your car or SUV, trucks have blind spots, but much larger so.

Therefore, avoid driving between the front wheels of the tractor and the rear wheels of the trailer - as seen here. Just like a school bus, there is a large blind spot around the front. You may need to be over twenty feet ahead of the tractor for the driver to see your vehicle. So, do not cut them off when changing lanes.

A truck driver rarely makes a mistake, but when cut off they are trying to avoid hurting you. So, stay safe by being curteous.

A road trip is like driving in a foreign country. Think of it that way and you will be prepared. Most of the time when you see a vehicle broken down on the side of the road it's the result of poor maintenance. Yes, the flat tire issue which comes next is understood.


Tires are a little bit like petroleum - they can be more complex than the obvious. Just remember that your life rides on them. So, try to purchase the best quality tires for the road and weather conditions that are applicable.

There is also the issue of run-flat tires. They can extend your flat tire range another thirty miles or more. Run-flat tires are about twice as expensive however, and they do add weight. You may also consider tire plug self repair kits or "fix a flat" in a can. Some mechanics may not like 'fix a flat' cans because repairing the flat tire is more difficult with that sticky stuff all over the inside. This is especially a problem with tire pressure sensors, because the sticky chemical fouls up the tire pressure sensor. You are probably better off using the can for slow air leaks. Since tires are an extreme safety issue, there will be no additional comment on it.

There are three things most likely to go wrong with an automobile when driving. (1) Getting a flat tire - even with run flats. (2) The dreaded dead battery. (3) The vehicle over heating so much that it cannot be driven. (Please note this picture does not imply that this type of car over heats - every automobile can over-heat!)

Over heating can result in severe engine damage. To prevent this, if you are unable to stop, place the heater on hot and move the fan speed to high. Be sure to open your windows and turn off the air conditioner. Continue watching the temperature gauge, you should be able to increase speed again. Remedies like opening the hood and replacing fluids are personal safety issues, and cannot be covered here!

We have known a few people who have ran out of fuel on the highway. You can be ticked for this. In addition to the low fuel lamp showing red in the gauge, the fuel pedal always goes soft when fuel drops below the empty red line on the gauge. Most vehicles allow one gallon more when the gauge shows empty and the red light comes on. Other vehicles may allow two gallons, so if your car gets 15 miles per gallon, do not expect to travel 16 miles on empty. Here is how to calculate your cost of filling up on gasoline: C=GP. The cost C, is equal to the number of gallons, G, multiplied by the price per gallon.

Be sure to report a stolen license plate to the police. This is because in the event that the stolen plate is identified on another vehicle that has violated the laws (vtl), the original owner of the stolen plates may be required to pay all fines and penalties..

Teens and inexperienced drivers tend to focus on moving vehicles with too much emphasis. This over amplification of what the real danger is can result in damaging the vehicle in pot holes, hitting mirrors against parked vehicles, and even pedestrians often do not provoke reactions for evasive or defensive driving. This is a kind of numb attention to other potential dangers and if unaddressed can result in flat tires, broken mirrors or close calls with pedestrians in the crosswalk.

When will I need an ignition interlock - or vehicle breathalyzer? DMV license revocation three times or more and suspension of over ten years will require road test applicants to install an ignition interlock device on their registered vehicle before a new road test and license can be issued. The former DWI road test applicant must demonstrate use of the installed device to start the vehicle that is being used for the road test. This kind of restriction can be found on the front of the permit designated as "RA2".

Overall = 33% | Nighttime (9-p.m - 6 a.m) = 59% | Weekends (6 p.m. Friday - 6 a.m. Monday} 45% | Weekdays 25% | Nighttime single vehicle crashes 68%.

Your navigation device may not alert you of which lanes to use when approaching toll lanes. Not all toll passes use a standard toll booth. Skipping the toll (slow lanes) by using the - Easy Pass (express) - lanes often results in a fine of about $32.00. Be aware that Florida's Sunpass or E-pass are not compatable with EZ pass - available in the north eastern states. Using the wrong lanes results in a Pay by Plates ticket (the amount of the toll and a surcharge).

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