May 26th, 2007 | Published in driving tips
Found on digg, AOL Autos posted an article from autoMedia.com, titled “Drive Like a Cop“.
It’s a very interesting a worth while read.
Why should you drive with your hands on the steering wheel at 3 and 9 o’clock? Well for one thing, “many a police officer has been unnecessarily injured because their hands were over the airbag when it went off” even causing one officer’s lower arm to break and caused his own hand to break out his front teeth!
Anyway, here is a quick summary of the points.
- Watch Your Hands – Make sure your hands are at 3 and 9 o’clock
- Side Windows – Side windows should be all the way up or all the way down.
- Lock Your Doors – A locked door is 10 times more likely to stay closed in a crash… even belted occupants can be partially ejected if the doors fly open.
- Back In – one-third of driving incidents involving officers on duty occur when the cruiser is in reverse… back into parking spaces when possible.
- Back Up – Since so many accidents occur when people are backing up, make sure you practice… Police driving courses add a backward slalom in their practice.
- Right Foot Only – Left-foot braking is a legitimate advanced technique, but one that’s far too advanced for the vast majority of Americans.
- The Fog Line – Ever been driving down a two-lane road at night and the other driver failed to dim his brights? Focus on the yellow “fog line” and keep track of the high-beam birdbrain with your peripheral vision.
- Lights Down – Preserve your night vision by turning down the dash lights to the minimum required to safely read the speedometer.
- Final Tip -Iif you see blue lights in your mirror, pull to the left immediately. If it’s for you stop immediately.
This is obviously an American article, so I substituted some minor details with the South African equivalent, but the underlying lessons are the same.