Changing Driving (Bad) Habits

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Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~'s Comment
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Since I began this endeavor, I became aware of several bad habits that have I have been guilty of, and work everyday to expunge them from my driving routine in a four wheeler. Below are some that I am working on and appreciate any input ya'll might have about other things to be on the lookout for.

Driving with both hands on the wheel - amazing how much I didn't do this one.

Stopping - In the right spot, this one takes the cake. Behind the stop line, crosswalk, stop sign, whichever is first. Seeing the back tires of the vehicle in front.

Braking- Controlled and smooth stops.

Looking Ahead - being much more aware of 15 sec ahead on highway, block ahead in town.

Mirrors - While I always used the rear view quite often, now I used those frequent checks to utilize the side mirrors.

Following distance - Much more aware now.

Wide Turns - Why four wheelers always take the turns so tight I'll never understand. Signaling - I have never been out of directional fluid :) but now I leave on a bit longer after a lane change.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

RealDiehl's Comment
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Sounds like you are developing some good habits. Kudos to you! You might also consider paying close attention to all road signs. Bridge height/weight, "right/left lane closed 1 mile ahead", 6% grade next 3 miles, etc.

Try to anticipate what other drivers are going to do. For example: You are in the middle lane and you see flashing blue lights half a mile ahead on the shoulder. You also see a car slowly overtaking you in the right lane. Does he notice the blue lights? Ease off the gas and let them pass then flash your lights to let them know it's time to move over. Same applies in a situation when the right lane is about to end or is exit only. Leave space in case the other driver realizes they need to get over at the last second.

Most importantly, don't get mad at the other driver for their lack of awareness. No. Instead, give yourself a pat on the back, because you, sir, are a professional driver😁👍

Dan67's Comment
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Keep working on those good driving habits. Another one that some don't think about is to remain calm and aware of those around you. Stay relaxed and anticipate the actions of others. Expect others to cut you off, because they will. especially in big cities like Atlanta GA. Regain that good following distance.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Delco Dave's Comment
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Mirrors - While I always used the rear view quite often, now I used those frequent checks to utilize the side mirrors.

I rarely use my rear view out of habit due to my prior work experience. Been driving stake bodies, light dumps and pulling trailers full of materials or equipment for years, nothing to see in that mirror if the truck even had one.

Good way to really get used to using side mirrors all the time is to flip up your rear view mirror so there is nothing to look at and your forced to use sides

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Philip C.'s Comment
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You are thinking very right, Changing Driving (Bad) Habits. I support you Some tips from me that I follow while driving.

Stay focused on the road Stay calm in traffic Always Respect the speed limits Pullover if you’re feeling sleepy Keep Updated License Use Your Indicators and Horns Correctly

Art M.'s Comment
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What is the rear view mirror in THE truck? Just curious

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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What is the rear view mirror in THE truck? Just curious

Personal vehicle I would guess. I don't use mine in my pickup...just the side ones.

Laura

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