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Old 04-30-2014, 03:12 PM   #18
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If you are in the left lane, and someone one comes up on you, move over. It does not matter how fast you think you are going, move over. If you don't in GA now, it is a ticketable offense. Best law ever for traffic flow.
Usually they think that's a good reason to slow down even more. Especially if there's a car to the right of them so you're boxed in.
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:21 PM   #19
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:35 PM   #20
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If you HAVE to be on the phone while driving make sure it's on bluetooth mode. better yet turn the damn phone off when you're driving.

Whenever I see somebody driving with a phone up to their ear I want to just yank them out the vehicle and slap them.

And then we have the geniuses texting, posting to facebook and twitter and surfing the internet while driving. Just read a story of some lady who ran off the road and killed herself because she was posting to facebook about how some song made her happy. COME ON!!!
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:39 PM   #21
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Another one...

Learn to dump your speed before entering curves. It seems logical, but a lot of people brake and downshift while in a curve and that's technically wrong. You want to set up for the curve and get dialed in, just before you turn in, make the corner in an optimal gear, and then accelerate out of the turn. I wouldn't encourage aggressive cornering or breaking the law on public roads. But it's something you can practice doing in everyday driving without speeding or being dangerous. It also increases safety on slick roads and in inclement weather.

Motorcycle safety courses and racing education courses cover this; I don't know why it's not a bigger deal in regular old driver's education in order to get a license.
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:40 PM   #22
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Adjust your side mirrors-You should not be able to see your car in your side mirrors. If you want to look at you car park it and get out to look at it. With properly adjusted mirrors you minimize your blind spots. Do this on all of your cars not just your Camaro.

Driving is multitasking and requires your full attention. Your cellphone and cheeseburger can wait.
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:44 PM   #23
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If you get wheel hop during hard acceleration or braking ...

FIND OUT WHY and fix it. The correct set up does not hop. Often it's tires/pressure.

You will break a surprising number of parts that normally don't break. Bell housing, motor mounts, trans input/out shafts, U-Joints, axles, etc, etc.
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:49 PM   #24
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A Rotary or Round-about depending on what you call it is a continuous circle when you are leaving it put on your turn signal so the people trying to enter know that they can go.
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:24 PM   #25
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Yeah but most of the time there are douchebags driving the speed limit or slower in the left lane when there's no traffic in the middle or right lanes.

Left lanes are for passing not for some douch nozzle to tool along in. How many asshats do you see that merge onto the freeway and immediately just get in the left lane when there's nobody in the middle or right lanes? Can't stand people that have to drive in the left lane all the time no matter what.

Definitely agree. The outer most left lane should be used for passing only. Not to cruise the speed limit or below. If one isn't passing or driving faster than the flow of traffic on the right, one doesn't belong in the left lane.

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If you are in the left lane, and someone one comes up on you, move over. It does not matter how fast you think you are going, move over. If you don't in GA now, it is a ticketable offense. Best law ever for traffic flow.
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:37 PM   #26
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YESSSS!!!!!!

Keep 'em coming guys and gals.

Between all of us on here, we have no less than about 4 brazillion years of combined driving experience. I know we have Law Enforcement, Firefighters and Medics/EMTs, DOT/Road Crews, truckers, insurance adjusters, people who just drive, and other people that see it all EVERY DAY and could give some great advice.

I thought of another one this morning.

Pull through, or back into every parking space that you can, so you are facing outward when it's time to leave. Learning to back the car will build good confidence and skill so that you're better equipped to maneuver the car if you find yourself in a tight situation. It also bolsters safety. You have control of the lane when you pull up to a parking space, but that's not true when leaving a space. It's better to be facing outward.

And if you have passengers, it's also never wrong to have a "spotter" jump out and stand where you can see them (off to the side, but in your door mirrors or line of sight) and watch tight spaces, where wheels might scrape curbs, etc.


This doesn't always work so well when the parking spots are angled and it's a one way lane. When you pull through or back in then it's harder to pull out and go the correct way, especially in a truck, because the front of the car is angled the wrong way from the direction you're supposed to go. Unless you're one of those people that doesn't care and goes whatever way they want in one way parking lot lanes.
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:38 PM   #27
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Anticipate what the road will be like. Remember that on those really hot summer days, oil and tire tread is building up on the roads surface. As soon as the rain hits, a lot or a little, the road will become slick causing you to lose your grip and lose control. Same goes for the cold winters where there may not be snow or ice physically seen in large amounts but black ice is hard to see but it IS there.

No matter the engine size V6, V8, ZL1 Z/28....these cars have enough power to make you lose control easily. You can be a great driver and destroy a car. Be vigilant of idiots around you and allow the car who's trying to race you while you head home from work to get a head of you as the bait. Sit back and watch the cop pick them off and smile as you drive by
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:44 PM   #28
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This doesn't always work so well when the parking spots are angled and it's a one way lane. When you pull through or back in then it's harder to pull out and go the correct way, especially in a truck, because the front of the car is angled the wrong way from the direction you're supposed to go. Unless you're one of those people that doesn't care and goes whatever way they want in one way parking lot lanes.
That's a good point and something I wasn't thinking about at the time I wrote the post. I'd agree...if you're in a big vehicle (Camaro included) that would't be able to make a sharp turn out of the space then absolutely, I'd park facing inward in that situation.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:18 PM   #29
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Never try painting while driving, the picture never comes out well and it can get very messy really fast.

Bullfighting is generally frowned upon but never try it behind the wheel of a motor vehicle b/c bulls are unpredictable.

Learning the foil is a lost art but trying to master a parry while downshifting can lead to an accident. Be safe!

Try not to shit yourself, messy and it tends to stain your shorts.... and, dude? Eeeeeeeeeew!

Yelling at other drivers at the literal peak of your vocal capacity is discouraged unless you enjoy beatings at stop lights.

I'm unsure if driving naked is legal but don't try it on a hot day with leather, this might burn you in a tender area.

There is a fine line between confident eye contact and the piercing stare of a madman. Learn the difference or you'll never get laid.

Never leave witnesses following an automobile accident. Remember, three people can keep a secret if two are dead.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:17 PM   #30
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Never run out of road, brakes, and talent all at the same time

An actual tip- in areas you drive frequently, conspicuously let people into traffic from side streets, etc, especially if you know of a 'tough to leave' street. Don't slam on your brakes and make a big deal, I mean a tap of the highbeams and a wave, let them in. Just one car at a time will do.

That one car in front of you isn't going to make you late. And in a few weeks, you will start getting more consideration from these other drivers, as they will recognize your car as the one that did them a favor. After a while in these areas you frequently drive, you'll have a much stress-reduced drive as people give you a break. It's just good adverting paying off and it works.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:41 PM   #31
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Excellent thread, keep them coming. Lot's of great experience here.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:44 PM   #32
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Never try painting while driving, the picture never comes out well and it can get very messy really fast.

Bullfighting is generally frowned upon but never try it behind the wheel of a motor vehicle b/c bulls are unpredictable.

Learning the foil is a lost art but trying to master a parry while downshifting can lead to an accident. Be safe!

Try not to shit yourself, messy and it tends to stain your shorts.... and, dude? Eeeeeeeeeew!

Yelling at other drivers at the literal peak of your vocal capacity is discouraged unless you enjoy beatings at stop lights.

I'm unsure if driving naked is legal but don't try it on a hot day with leather, this might burn you in a tender area.

There is a fine line between confident eye contact and the piercing stare of a madman. Learn the difference or you'll never get laid.

Never leave witnesses following an automobile accident. Remember, three people can keep a secret if two are dead.
Thanks this thread was
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:57 PM   #33
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One of the leading causes of spare Camaro/Vette parts in junkyards is hydroplanning.

Just slow down on rainy days. You can even drive on DOT slicks in the wet if you slow down enough.

Or ... Haul ass on bald tires to keep our good availability of parts. That works too!
On a side note its not a good idea to use cruise control when its raining or there could be slick spots in the roadway. I learned this the hard way...
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:42 PM   #34
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No one is too old to learn a thing or two or three or four or more. My suggestions to all is go to school or a HPDE event (BTW HPDE=High Performance Drivers Education).

Hooked on Driving (HOD) is a nationwide company that will allow you to use your own car or in some places rent one.
http://www.hookedondriving.com/first-timers
The amount of things you learn in one day or weekend event is worth every penny and translates to your everyday commute. I am sure some of the folks who have done these events will attest to saying the same things. Now some will say that this is racing and hard on your car but if it will only be as hard on your car as you want it to be. You are the one driving it and if you are just there to learn and be a better driver you do not have to be hard on your car to learn a lot. The other option being to rent on of the available cars.

Other options are the Professional driving schools like Bondurant. Definitely not cheap but most professionals aren't. But, I have never spoken to anyone who has been there and said it wasn't worth every penny. There are other schools that may be closer to you to that are nearly as good as well, just do a little research.

Knowing how to handle your car in every situation is probably the best thing one can do to prevent an accident. The other is scanning ahead and anticipating what others will do in certain situations and knowing what you can and should do in those situations. These schools teach some of this knowledge and it never hurts to have more of that.

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