Defensive Driving - The best offense is a good defense

Written by Carrie Mae

 

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 Carrie Mae

 

 

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 Carrie Mae

 

 

 

 

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 Carrie Mae

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 Carrie Mae

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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Choosing Driving School Brooklyn

Written by Simon M

Getting a drivers license is an important step to independence. With so many options of driving schools in Brooklyn, it is no wonder why people are often confused about how to choose the best school. This decision is a very important one because it will build the foundation of knowledge and skills that you will take with you every time you get behind the wheel. You can make a smarter and more informed choice by following these tips:

Ask for recommendations

A great first step is to ask friends and family for their opinion. Ask them about their experience with the school they choose and why they chose that school. Did they have a positive experience? Would they recommend the school to you? What would they change, if they could? Keep all of these things in mind while you are on your search.


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Smartphones On Wheels

Written by Simon M

   The next generation of Audi and Tesla automobiles will follow the concept referred as the “connected car,” that will convert cars from mindless machines to intelligent gadgets, just like smartphones according to CNN Money. Audi and Tesla struck a deal this year with AT&T that will allow the cars to connect to its wireless network (the same one currently used by phones, tablets, and computers). Audis will be on 4G LTE, while Teslas will operate on 3G. Audi cars will be able to connect to 7,000+ internet radio stations and will read content like news, Facebook posts and Tweets out loud. People will also be able to stream high definition videos by connecting to the cars wifi. Tesla models will use AT&T to show engine diagnostics, browse the web, and connect to many radio options via the cars 17 inch touchscreen.


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Obamas Oldest Daughter Will Soon Be Behind The Wheel

Written by Simon M

 

On February 20th, the first lady, Michelle Obama, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She revealed that Malia Obama, who will turn 16 this summer, will be learning how to drive. When asked about the subject, Michelle said, “One of the things that I told my staff, that I’ve told the Secret Service is that when we’re out of here in a few years, they’ve got to be able to function as normal people, and so driving is a part of that, so we are going to have to figure that out. Ladies and gentlemen of DC, watch out! Malia Obama on the road.”


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Tougher Texting Penalties For New Drivers

Written by Simon M

   

New Drivers Beware. Beginning November 1, the penalties in New York for texting while driving will be increased. The penalties apply to drivers who are 16 or 17 years old, and drivers who had had their license for six months or less.

The first offense will result in a suspended license for 120 days and up to a $200 fine.

A second violation within 6 months will result in a suspended license for one year and up to a $250 fine.

A third violation will result in an up to $450 fine.


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How To Change A Tire

Written by Simon M

    

Even after you get your drivers license, the learning process is not over. There are many things that you should know as a responsible driver. One of these essential skills is knowing how to change a car tire.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having a flat tire, the first step is to pull over to the side of the road. Make sure the ground is flat, and stable. It is essential that the surface of the ground is level to prevent your car from rolling off. Try to stay away from traffic, and remember to turn your hazard lights on. After you have pulled over, apply the parking brake, and shift the gear lever into the “Park” (P) position, or if you have a manual transmission car, push the clutch in, and shift into first gear, then let the clutch go. This helps the car stay in place.


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