Posts Tagged ‘driving tips’

August 10, 2010 @ 6:00 am
posted by Mego Rider

A writer for the New York Times Wheels section recently described his youth as “driving down the back roads of America pretending his Volkswagen was a Porsche racecar.”

The story (and the writer) may be old, but the dream hasn’t changed. Teenage drivers, particularly males, still feel the need for speed – a need that can be as devastating as it is enticing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, teenage car accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens, with those in the 16-19-year-old group four times as likely to crash as older drivers. Read more

August 9, 2010 @ 6:00 am
posted by Mego Rider

Need chivalry be dead?

These days, with equal rights dominating mainstream thinking, chivalry sometimes takes a backseat. Of course we’re all for men and women being equals but that doesn’t mean  once in a while a woman doesn’t appreciate being treated with a bit of extra courtesy. Guys, perhaps you’ve forgotten some of the rules of chivalry since it’s just not expected of you. But will it make the difference when you go to ask for a second date? Your car is a great place to begin. (Women, give us your opinion here, does this make a difference to you or are you unimpressed by old-fashioned manners? )

While we wait for the debate to begin, here are some simple ways you can surprise and flatter your date the next time you take her out in your car. Guess what…they work if you’re married too.

  1. Open the door for her-The actress Eva Mendes recently was quoted in W Magazine as saying that despite being tremendously ambitious, “I do like to belong to a man. I love having a man in my life and being his woman at the end of the day. “ So when you pick her up from her doorstep next time, don’t head straight around to the driver’s side – pop open her door.
  2. Let her choose the music - if you’ve got the radio on in the car ask your date what she’d like to listen to. This is a great conversation starter since you’ll learn more about her interests. Take note, guys, if you make reference to her favorite song or band when she’s least expecting it, she’ll feel like you’re really in to her!
  3. Make sure she’s comfortable with the temperature – read your date’s body language to see if she appears to hot or too cold and adjust accordingly. Or better yet, ask her if she’s comfortable with the temperature and adjust accordingly.
  4. Take it easy on the roads – you might pretend you’re a NASCAR driver when you’re on your own, but slow it down when you’re out with a date. Yes, women do like bad boys, but they also don’t want to feel carsick before they’ve even had dinner.
  5. Make sure your car’s in good shape- the relationship won’t start out well if your poorly maintained vehicle breaks down and she’s stuck on the side of the interstate in heels and a slinky dress. Of course, if that does happen you can call 1-800-carhelp and impress her with your use of the latest and best new site for finding mechanics!
  6. Don’t drive under the influence – show her that you place her safety, and the safety of other drivers, above the desire to have an extra drink while at dinner.

If you’d like to learn more ways to impress your date with your automotive chivalry, read this article we found on AskMen . You can learn from those historical figures that were behind the whole idea.

August 5, 2010 @ 6:15 am
posted by Mego Rider

Did you know it’s National Stop on Red Week? We started to write about it, but realized Kari DeVrieze at CarsforGirls.com had already written an excellent post. We’ll get you started here, but please visit the link to read the rest of Kari’s post.

August 1-7th Marks National Stop on Red Week

Yesterday, the National Safety Council announced its support for National Stop on Red Week August 1st – 7th, an event organized by the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running.  NSC believes talking on handheld and hands-free cell phones while driving is a contributing factor to red-light running.

Drivers using hands-free or handheld cell phones experience a form of cognitive distraction called inattention blindness, meaning they “look at” but do not “see” up to 50 percent of the information in their driving environment.  These drivers miss visual cues critical to safety and navigation.  They tend to miss exits and go through red lights and stop signs.  Go here for the rest of Kari’s post!

August 3, 2010 @ 7:36 am
posted by Mego Rider

No matter how good of a driver you think you are, the second you hear the sound of sirens on the road, you might find yourself frozen and unsure of how to respond. We’re not talking about a police vehicle flashing behind you trying to pull you over, but one that you’re simply sharing the road with. If you thought we meant otherwise, you may have seen one too many episodes of the show COPS! Those police cars, ambulances and fire trucks have an important job to do as they come wailing down the road and the last thing any driver wants to do is stop them from getting where they need to be. The best way to make sure you respond correctly and quickly when you see an emergency vehicle on the road while you’re in your car is to know the rules! Read more

August 2, 2010 @ 8:11 am
posted by Mego Rider

According to a brochure developed jointly by the NOAA, the American Red Cross, and FEMA, almost half of all deaths from flooding happen to people trapped in vehicles. In fact, only in recent years has heat surpassed flooding as the primary cause of fatalities in the U.S. Flash floods are the most dangerous type of flooding, largely because waters rise rapidly and unexpectedly, especially in arroyos and irrigation ditches not normally associated with water, leaving most drivers (and their passengers) unprepared.

More important, water itself is a tremendous force. It weighs 62.4 pounds per cubic foot, delivering 500 pounds of pressure per square inch to doors and windows. It also makes cars buoyant, subtracting 1500 pounds from the weight of the vehicle for each foot it rises. Water a mere two feet deep can sweep away a vehicle, even a heavy-duty truck or SUV, as well as the bridge it is trapped on. Vehicles trapped in underpasses during rapidly rising water are in even more danger, and when flooding occurs at night drivers often can’t see such danger until it is too late. As Carblog.com notes, even a burst water main can trigger dangerous flooding in low-lying areas. Read more

July 15, 2010 @ 5:06 am
posted by Mego Rider

Oops.

Across the country, cell phone laws that prohibit drivers from texting or talking while driving are being enforced. In the past there may have been some leniency with enforcement but now police are cracking down. Recently, even superstar Beyonce  got handed a $100 ticket in New York for texting and driving.   Unfortunately, according the Pew Research Center, many more adults are engaging in this risky behavior. Media attention from campaigns like Oprah Winfrey’s “No Phone Zone” is  putting pressure on lawmakers demanding that their roads become safer. As drivers, we should do our part too.

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July 12, 2010 @ 6:26 am
posted by Mego Rider

We’ve all had the frustration ( and sometimes downright fear) of a driver following much too close behind you on the road.  There are several things you can do as a safe driver to reduce the danger of a rear-end collison – accidents often  caused by people following too closely to the car in front.

As a refresher, make sure you know how close is “too close.” Experts say to use the ‘three second” rule. Pick a fixed object in front. When the car in front passes that object, three seconds should go by before YOU pass the object. In poor weather, it should be 4-5 seconds. You can also use the two-car lengths rule – for more details on maintaining a safe driving distance go to Smartmotorist.com

What to do if someone is not observing good driving practices? Here are a few tips that may help keep both cars safer and help you feel more in control. Read more