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driving safely Driving safely in heavy traffic
Guest posted a topic in Driving GuidesSo it appears that not all players know,or just don't care about how they should drive in heavy traffic. Well I'll tell you how you should be driving. Drive-Defensively - Defensive driving covers a wide range of skills you should employ to prevent dangerous situations on the road before these occur. You should plan for ways you can react in a situation, like if another vehicle were to try and merge into you. In addition to this, you should also: Keep your eyes scanning traffic Identify vehicles that appear unsafe, such as those that are erratically merging across lanes, speeding dangerously, or drifting within a lane. Follow the flow of traffic. Signal before making a turn or merging into a lane. Allow plenty of space between you and other vehicles. You should gauge how many seconds of distance is between you and the next car ahead. Do this by picking a feature, like a road sign, and counting slowly up from “one” as the car in front passes the sign. When your car is even with the sign stop counting. The number you have stopped counting on represents how many seconds of distance is between you and the car in front of you. Adjust your speed accordingly. More time between you and the car in front will mean more reaction time in the event of sudden braking. Impatient drivers can make poor decisions that might require you to take action to prevent an accident. In some cases, you may have to merge out of your lane and onto a shoulder. Keep your eyes scanning traffic, the shoulder of the road, and potential places you might direct your truck/car in the event that you have to make emergency maneuvers. Impatient drivers in stop-and-go traffic will often accelerate faster than necessary to traverse the distance between them and the stopped truck/car in front of them. This is highly inefficient, as the unnecessary higher speeds will cost you more in fuel and not get you to your destination any sooner. Accelerate at a steady speed that is slightly below the flow of traffic. This way you can coast forward without having to come to a stop. This slow-but-steady method will also create a solid buffer between you and the truck/car in front of you. You should, however, be ready to downshift if impatient drivers merge into this buffer space. Road rage is a real and naturally occurring phenomenon that can lead to some people racing through traffic and overtaking in places where on coming traffic in coming toward them, and this causes more tailbacks. As one driver is slamming on their breaks, it will cause a ripple effect that eventually leads back in the line where the last truck/car in the cue is fully stopped, effectively causing a full on traffic jam. Just try to stay calm, wait patiently, and you will get to your destination. No amount of lateness on a delivery is worth being banned for long periods of time and will effectively ruining your reputation with the trucking community, especially if you are driving for a VTC! So, to put it simple... Keep your distance Expect inpatient drivers pushing past you Take your time Don't slam on your brakes too hard And most of all.. Stay Calm! Happy Trucking!