A little courtesy won’t kill you.
In this second in a series I want to pass along another road Zen tip to help keep you sane behind the wheel of your car. Now of course no single tip can be taken as a cure-all for your driving woes, as no one can predict every situation or even every element of every situation, after all driving is a fluid endeavor.
Having so disclaimed, there are some simple things you can do to make driving a less stressful activity for you and those on the road around you. The last time class met I gave you some tips for handling so-called road rage. Today I’m giving you a simple tip I taught my police students when I was a trainer. This is one of the tips for which I’ve received the most appreciative responses.
Now, just because you’re involved in a collision, which isn’t your fault, doesn’t mean you mightn’t have avoided it. (I’ve always wanted to use mightn’t). The emergency room is just as unpleasant for the innocent driver as it is for the one at fault. One of the more frequent causes of collisions occurs when a driver pulls out from a driveway or side street in front of your car. Often, we see the car sitting there; we may even observe the driver appears to be patiently waiting, but then suddenly drives into your path.
I’ve learned over the years that regardless of what the driver happens to be doing, if you can even see the driver, watching him or her is probably not the best indicator of what he might do. Instead, try watching the vehicle’s front wheel. Generally speaking, if the wheel’s not moving, the car’s not moving. The second you detect wheel motion, dial up the caution. Try it some time.
Again, as with the others, this tip is not a cure all. For example, those stupid (and by stupid, I mean—stupid), “spinners.” Spinners are hubcaps, which continue to rotate after the wheel has ceased motion, make this tip virtually impossible to employ. However, they are a very small percentage of vehicles on the road—in most areas—so they shouldn’t pose too much of a hazard.
For all other vehicles, go ahead and give it a try. If you find it works for you, add it to your arsenal, if not—well, then don’t.