Expert Driving Techniques Everyone Needs to Know: For BOTH Men and Women

Driving Tips

At Wally Armour, we want to be sure that all our drivers are aware of the few tips that could further improve their driving. We know it has been stereotyped for years that "women can't drive." Well, women, just as mean are human beings. And, as we know, some people stink and some people don't. Just as some people drive well, regardless of their gender, and some people crash well.

Many will be completely taken aback when they discover that statistics generally show that women are better drivers than men. However, it is a bit tricky as women are in more accidents than men, but most are just fender benders. Most times, when men are in accidents, they tend to be much more serious and sometimes life threatening, while men are charged with reckless driving much more often than women. Although this does not mean that women are better drivers, it can mean that they are safer drivers as they don't take as many risks when driving.

But we're not point fingers here. So, for the sake of an argument, let's take a moment to review some expert driving techniques that are sure to benefit EVERYONE.

Driving Tips to Make the Roads a Safer Place

  1. Safer RoadsAn important part of driving is being able to anticipate what could happen, so that you can be prepared if and when somes does happen. Professional drivers anticipate what could happen so they are constantly prepared to avoid any potential trouble.
  2. Understanding this turning technique will allow for safer steering and protect your hands and arms if the airbag is deployed: pull down with right hand, release right hand grip while you push up with left hand, raise your right hand to grab more wheel, and repeat.
  3. Roadcraft is a system used by professionals to help make quick decisions when approaching a road hazard. The system logically separates the maneuver into phases preventing the driver and vehicle from doing too many things.
  4. Understanding how to control your vehicle is extremely important. Every driver should know how to prevent losing control and what to do if they do lose control.
  5. When driving on icy or slushy roads, stay close to the edge where the extra salt and cinders are.
  6. Wider tires hydroplane more easily, so be prepared to control your vehicle with steering not braking.
  7. To regain control when hydroplaning or skidding, your feet should stay off the gas and off the brake. Use your steering wheel to gain control, then use the appropriate pedal when the control is back.
  8. Cadence braking is an advanced driving technique that allows a car to steer and brake on a slippery surface at the same time, maximizing the time a driver has to steer around the hazard ahead.

Consider some of these techniques next time you're in a bit of a pickle. And remember, we're all humans!

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