Posture Counts While Driving

Written by Simon M

An important part of driving that's often overlooked is your posture behind the wheel. Poor driving posture can lead to discomfort in your neck, back, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, legs and feet. And that's not all: Studies have found that bad posture can also increase the risk of serious injury if you get into an accident.

Be sure to go over this aspect of your driving with your experienced instructor at Drive Rite Academy, and try to follow these tips the next time you get behind the wheel.

Always support Your back by sliding your tailbone as close to the seat back as possible. Try to get a two- to three-finger gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.  And also adjust your posterior  so that your thighs are supported along their entire length and your knees are slightly lower than your hips.

Don't sit too close to the steering wheel. Sit so that you can comfortably reach the pedals and press them through their full range with your entire foot. Drivers whose chests were closer to the wheel are more likely to suffer severe injuries to the head, neck and chest in front- and rear-end collisions.

Also, lean back a little. The angle of your seat back should be a little greater than a perpendicular 90 degrees. Leaning too far back forces you to push your head and neck forward, which can cause neck and shoulder pain.

And be sure to set the top of your headrest between the top of your ears and the top of your head. The headrest should just touch the back of your head when you’re sitting comfortably.

Another way to avoid neck strain, is to properly adjust your rear-view and side mirrors. You should be able to see the traffic behind you without craning your neck.

It also helps to take regular breaks, especially when you've been driving for long periods of time. A good idea is to park safely at a rest stop, get out of the car and stretch. Taking a few minutes to rest can make a big difference in the long run.

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Can Your Bad Driving Habits Run Afoul Of The Law?

Written by Simon M

 

Everyone starts to develop bad driving habits eventually, but could some of them prove to be illegal? Check with your experienced driving instructor at Drive Rite Academy for the best advice, and check out these warning signs of dangerous habits.

As you well know, using your cellphone while driving is one of the most common forms of driver distraction. Although most states allow this usage, it may be best to avoid it altogether. Pull over if you must use your phone.

Another instance of something that may not technically be illegal, but should be avoided, is driving barefoot. This common habit can cause your foot to slip off the gas or brake and make you lose control of your car. Easy solution: Just wear comfortable shoes. And avoid high heels; they can become wedged under the pedals. Really.

And while we're on things that seem harmless, try not to eat your fast food meal while driving. This practice may not get you a summons, but it could earn you a distracted driving charge if you're caught eating while engaged in any other driving activities. And let's face it: it could get very messy.

While you're at it, if you are taking a spin with a pet in the car, make sure the animal is secured in a safe fashion. Some states have laws against having unrestrained animals in an open area of a vehicle. Keep you and your pet safe.

And keep the volume down on your car radio. While it may be legal to blast your favorite tunes while driving, it's safer to tone down the volume, as some noise ordinances in some neighborhoods do apply to you. Studies have actually shown that loud music is a dangerous distraction that is easily avoided while on the road. And remember that wearing headphones while driving is a big no-no in many states.


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Driving Tips to Keep The Kids Safe During School Season

Written by Simon M

School days bring congestion: School buses are picking up their passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

If You're Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. The following apply to all school zones:


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Be Cautious Around Those Big, Bad Trucks

Written by Simon M

Let's face it: An 18-wheeler can be a bit scary to share a fast-moving highway with. That's a lot of heavy-duty machinery rumbling just outside your window.

But check with your experienced driving instructor at Drive Rite Academy for tips on handling the big rigs. They can make it easier on you. And, in the meantime, here are some helpful pointers.

Remember to always be patient and aware of your surroundings. When a trucks about to move into your lane, resist your first instinct to speed up and cut it off. But a truck can't stop as fast as your car, so this move may place you in real danger. Take no chances.

Always pass a truck with extra care. Give it even more space then a normal car.

Watch out for those turns. A trucker may need to swing wide to the left to make a right-hand turn, so don't squeeze right behind the trucker. Be sure to give it enough room.


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Drive Rite Expands Services to Sheepshead Bay

Written by Simon M

In an ever-increasing effort to make it easier for new students to available themselves of the best driving instructors in Brooklyn, Drive Rite Academy recently opened up a  new "zone" in the southern part of the borough.

The neighborhood, named after a bay that separates mainland Brooklyn from the eastern portion of Coney Island, was originally one of the Outer Barrier islands but is now a peninsula. And it's now where Drive Rite Academy is offering pick-up services and a prime meeting location at the public library at East 14th Street.

Drive Rite has instructors and cars available there on a daily basis. Interested students can reach out to them at 718-928-7048 or at info@driveriteny.com.

The new locations hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.,-6 p.m., with offices closed Mondays and Sundays.

Drive Rite reminds you that before you can start driving, you must get your N.Y. learners permit. To do so, complete a MV-44 form and bring it to your local DMV office, along with proofs of identity and date of birth. You will have to take a vision test and written permit test. To pass the written test, you must get at least 14 of the 20 multiple-choice questions correct.

Most experts recommend that new drivers have 50 supervised driving practice hours. and at least 15 hours of night driving. In addition, you are required to take a 5-hour pre-licensing course before scheduling a road test. If you have a package with Drive Rite, they will schedule your road test appointment.

Some of the key areas Drive Rite instructors stress are: strategic maneuvering, comprehensive parking, 3-point turns, road scanning, acceleration and deceleration, finding your blind spots, intersection rules, how to signal, changing road conditions, proper reactions and much more. Book a lesson in Sheepshead Bay today!! CLICK HERE

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Defensive Driving - The best offense is a good defense

Written by Simon M

 

defensive driving course can help all drivers regardless of their driving ability or age. These courses can help the new driver and the experienced driver who just wants to polish his skills.

The course aims to reduce the dangers and potential hazards that could occur when driving, and it familiarizes the drivers with these hazards, giving them skills that will help the drivers avoid accidents.  These courses are available readily at Drive Rite Academy, and the instructors urge all students and experienced driver to take advantage of them.

Keep in mind: Experts say most of the accidents that occur on the road every day are avoidable by up to 99 percent. As such, with the right training and instruction, drivers can be able to prevent the likelihood of the crashes occurring. The main aim of defensive driving is reducing the risks of the accidents occurring. This is achieved by educating drivers to exercise good judgment and great caution while driving.

The highlight of defensive driving courses is training drivers on crash prevention techniques. This is achieved by training the drivers in recognizing potential hazards that are likely to cause accidents.

Some of the key crash prevention techniques are adapting to surroundings and knowing your vehicle’s braking ability and distance. Other techniques include speed adjustments and safe over-taking and right of way.

For drivers who enroll for defensive driving courses, their driving skills are polished, and as such, their likelihood of causing accidents are greatly minimized. In some states, these courses are mandatory, and all drivers are required to go for these courses before they are given their licenses.

Driving under the influence is one of the main causes of accidents. All driving courses educate drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. While drugs have different influences in the body, it is worth noting that all drugs intoxicate the mind and hinder the ability of the driver to make life-saving decisions. With defensive driving training, drivers will know the permissible alcohol limits in different states and countries.

And then there is the psychological factor in driving. And don't underestimate them. Different drivers--especially new drivers and older drivers--deal with personal issues that can have a great impact on their driving. This, in turn, may inhibit the driver’s ability to focus on the road.

Defensive driving courses focus drivers on overcoming such negative psychological factors as unnecessary stress, emotional distress, road rage and fatigue. The courses also instruct the drivers on developing positive attitudes when driving, enhancing a driver's focus on the road.


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BE SAFE! 7 Tips to help you drive defensively!

Written by Simon M

 

 

Drivers--especially new drivers--should always be on the defensive. Always look out for the other guy and expect the unexpected.

How to do this? Try these helpful hints.

 

1) Think safety first. Avoiding aggression. Always leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. And, please, always lock your doors and wear your seatbelt.

2) Be aware of your surroundings on the road. Check your mirrors frequently and scan road and sidewalk conditions ahead of you. Keep your eyes moving. If a vehicle is showing signs of aggressive driving, slow down to avoid it.


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Mirror, Mirror On Your Car

Written by Simon M

 

 

 

 

Never underestimate the importance of your car's driving mirrors. There's a reason driving instructors stress using them at all times. And the experienced driving instructors at Drive Rite Academy are no different. They all place an emphasis on knowing and using your mirrors in all their lessons.

To start with, remember that your side and rear-view mirrors are essential to your safety (and the safety of other drivers). Without them, you would only be able to view a small slice of the roadway at a time. Develop the habit of glancing from side to side and upwards every few seconds.


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DRIVING IN THE 'FORGOTTEN' BOROUGH

Written by Simon M

Many New Yorkers look on Staten Island as the "forgotten borough." Most of the attention goes to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, but Staten Island can hold its own in many respects. It may be a bit more difficult to get there than the other four boroughs, but residents, as a whole, enjoy their little island.   But driving there may not be the most enjoyable part of the lifestyle. After all, with just one train servicing the borough and spotty bus service, taking to the roads is an important part of everyday life. And with more than 140,000 cars registered on the island, well...you see the dilemma.   New drivers should be on the lookout for a couple of trouble spots on Staten Island.   First, always be cautious in the auxiliary lanes. These lanes are not meant to allow drivers to cut onto a highway, speed to the end and then slash back onto the highway. Use them to slowly merge on and off highways, thus avoiding dangerous collisions and other hazardous driving situations.   Next, always avoid driving on the road shoulders, as many Staten Islanders seem to do. A prime example of this dangerous practice can at times be seen at Narrows Road North, just past the traffic light at Richmond Road.   Be smart. Don't drive up the left shoulder there because you will be side-to-side with other cars leaving the Staten Island Expressway at the Clove Road exit. You can get stuck between the service road's left and middle lanes. Not a good place to be.   Best advice: Learn the best way to safely navigate these roads by taking lessons with an experienced driving instructor. Like the ones you'll find at Drive Rite Academy. There are no shortcuts to safe, intelligent driving.

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STRANGE (BUT TRUE) DRIVING LAWS

Written by Simon M

 

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more difficult or challenging to drive our local streets (which is why you need the experienced instructors at Drive Rite Academy to lead you through the pitfalls!), check out some of the stranger driving laws around the country. In our neck of the woods (the Northeast), there are some real doozies. For instance, in New York, it’s against the law to disrobe in your car in Sag Harbor. And in New Jersey, frowning at a police officer is against the law (really?). And in Pennsylvania, if you're driving on a country road at night, you must stop every mile and set off flares and then allow 10 minutes for livestock to clear the road. The South has its own weirdness. In Florida, for example, you must feed the parking meter if you tie an elephant, goat or alligator to it. In Louisiana, a woman’s husband must, by law, wave a flag in front of her car before she can drive it (that would go over big in New York!). And in Kentucky, you must never allow your pet to molest a vehicle in Fort Thomas. On the West Coast, it’s against the law for women to drive in a housecoat in California. And, in Oregon, motorists must yield to pedestrians when driving on the sidewalk (good law!). And, in Nevada, it's against the law to ride a camel on the highway. How about Alaska? Well, in the 50th state, it’s illegal to tie a dog to your car roof. And in Hawaii, it's against the law for a vehicle in motion to flash its hazard lights. And Washington has a unique driving statute on its books. By law, any driver with criminal intentions must stop at the city limits and call the chief of police as he enters the town (seems like a good way to deter crime!). Believe it or not!

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