There isn’t a single page in your state’s driver’s handbook dealing with the unwritten rules of the road (otherwise, they wouldn’t be unwritten). That’s a problem, because too often they go unknown or aren’t followed. Fortunately, AskMen has just the addendum you need to be a Better Man and be better behind the wheel.
These won’t come as groundbreaking revelations, but will serve as good reminders of common sense and courtesy to keep you from being that guy (like manning up and taking responsibility when you hit somebody, whether they’re driving or parked). Keep reading for more on our man code for the road.
10. Defer to superior cars
Your GTI will be thoroughly smoked by the GT-R next to you if the guy so chooses; don’t provoke him into a race you can’t possibly win. When someone has a superior car, defer to it. Don’t screw with him, even if you admire his ride and just want to see and hear it pull away fast. If a superior car is in your way, just pass safely and spare the theatrics. Your dignity will thank you for it.
9. Show respect when parking
In this unwritten rule of the road, it’s how and where you park that matters. Look, the lines in a parking lot are there for a reason. Stay between them — evenly — and you’ll minimize door dings while actually being able to exit without contact. As for the guys who park in the far reaches, understand they’re doing it for a reason. Even if it’s a crap car, give the other guy some room.
8. Go easy on two-wheelers
If you haven’t tried getting around on two wheels, you ought to give it a shot. Bikes and motorcycles each deliver a unique riding experience that can’t be duplicated from behind the wheel of a car. And until you’re outside the four-wheel isolation chamber, you won’t appreciate a downside to cycling — and that’s how other vehicles sometimes treat you. If being cut off or tailgated in a car is annoying, it can get downright frightening on a bike. Watch for them, and allow space.
ESSEX Police has released some tips about driving in wet, icy or snowy weather to help keep drivers safe this autumn and winter.
1. Driving in heavy rain
Check your brakes, tyres, lights, batteries, windscreens and wipers are in good condition and well maintained. It is particularly important to ensure the pressure and tread on your tyres are OK before setting off.
Adjust your wiper speed and make sure your wiper blades are kept clean and free from defects.
Ensure there is proper de-icer fluid in the screen wash bottle and make sure the bottle is full.
If you break down don’t be tempted to prop the bonnet open while waiting for assistance. The engine will be more difficult to start if the electrics are soaked.
2. Keep informed
Check the forecasts before travelling and where possible consider taking alternative routes to avoid bad weather.
Listen to the radio for the latest news about accidents or hazards that may interfere with your journey.
3. Driving in snow
Make sure all your car lights are working and you have no failed bulbs. Ensure that dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures.
Always ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey – it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.
Also clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure your windscreen while you are driving.
Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.
Make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey. Keep the fuel tank topped up.
Carry warm waterproof clothing, food, water and a torch in your vehicle in case weather conditions mean you have to stop
Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.
Be mindful that even if it has stopped snowing, low temperatures could cause snow to turn to ice resulting in hazardous road conditions.
If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car. In an emergency, if you do need to leave it, park it out of a main traffic route, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease.
4. Don’t rush
Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed. Accept your journey will take longer and don’t take risks.
5. Driving in fog
When driving in fog use dipped headlights so other drivers can see you. Fog lights can be used when visibility is seriously reduced to less than 100 metres but they must be switched off if visibility improves.
Maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle in front, and be aware of other drivers who don’t use headlights, as they will be harder to see.
Familiarise yourself with your front and rear fog lights – know how to switch them on and off
Avoid tailing the rear lights of the vehicle in front. Getting too close can give you a false sense of security.
Try to avoid speeding up too quickly, even if the fog seems to be clearing. You could find yourself in the middle of dense fog.
The tremendous increase in the number of cars has definitely made our life much more convenient. But with this comfort and leisure, there also comes a sense of responsibility while driving this vehicle on the roads. And for our and others safety, we must follow the traffic rules and regulations while driving.
So, here we present you the list of Top 10 Safety Rues You Must Follow While Driving a Car.
1. Never Drink and Drive
This is the golden rule of driving. Never ever drive if you are drunk because alcohol causes a number of impairments that lead to the car accidents. Even at low blood-alcohol levels, intoxication reduces the reaction time, lowers the guessing power and lowers inhibitions. At higher levels of alcohol, it causes blurred vision and even loss of consciousness. Seeing this huge impact of alcohol on the driving, drunken driving is a punishable crime which leads to a very heavy fine and can get you behind the bars as well.
2. Always Wear Your Seat Belt
It is the most essential thing to do for a car driver. A seat belt is must as they prevent you from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle or thrown through the windshield and flung completely out of vehicle during any misfortune and thus saves your life. According to a report, wearing a seat belt reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45% to 50%. Although there are many stories of people being stuck in the car due to the seat belts but they are only exceptions and most of them are exaggerations or urban legends. In the overwhelming majority of car crashes, people have a greater chance of surviving if they are wearing a seat belt.
3. Follow Three Second Rule – Don’t Follow Too Closely
It is highly recommended to the car drivers to keep a safe distance between themselves and the car ahead. Because the other vehicle makes a sudden turn or stop, then the driver needs enough time to react in that situation. As it can be very difficult to estimate the recommended distance while driving and the exact distance would have it be adjusted for speed, so most experts recommend a “three-second rule”. This rule is simple. When the car ahead of you passes a stationary object on the side of road, start counting seconds. And at least three seconds should pass before your car passes the same object. At night or in inclement weather, this time can be doubled or six seconds. So, it is highly recommended that a proper distance is maintained between the vehicles while driving to avoid any mishap.