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Old 04-30-2014, 08:18 PM   #35
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Realize most other drivers are so distracted these days with their damn devices is a huge issue.
Second thing I notice VERY often is how people proceed after the light turns green. About 90% do not check in both directions to be sure it is safe, most just go, and frequently after looking back up from the device in their lap. I would bet that most intersection accidents happen because the person who got the green light didn't look and see that texter who ran the red light T boned them.

Had the Son in the car one day and we were in the LH lane, with a semi in the RH lane. Both waiting to make a LH turn on to the Hiway. Speed limit is 65. Light turned green and he asked why I waited. Simple I can't see that it is safe to proceed, and I won't move until it is. If another semi blew the light at 65 we would have not been able to see that coming and could have been a big mess. I hope he remembesr that.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:17 PM   #36
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Never stop to let somebody make a left turn in front of you if it's more than a two lane road. Every accident I've ever witnessed was due to this. If somebody ever tries to let you make a left turn in front of them and they have the inside lane don't do it. This is something that feels like "politeness" to some people and it is one of the most exceedingly dangerous kind gestures known to humankind.

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Old 04-30-2014, 10:58 PM   #37
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HANG UP AND DRIVE!
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:19 AM   #38
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Don't downshift to slow down. That's what the brakes are for. The purpose of downshifting is to be in the correct gear for whatever acceleration is coming up.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:48 AM   #39
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For RWD without posi:

You can sometimes get unstuck in sand, mud, or snow by following this procedure:

Air down rear tires to 15-20PSI.
Apply parking brake.
Increase throttle until you start to move and keep it at that setting.

The parking brake applies load to both tires. It will stop the spinning tire and distribute the torque to both sides.

Airing out the tires helps get out of the rut the spinning tire made.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:57 AM   #40
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Can't stand people that have to drive in the left lane all the time no matter what.
Don't move to Hawaii.
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You will never fully learn how to keep a car in control with the stability control on.

But, you should not try to practice on the street, or turn it off for daily driving.

This must be done at a track, preferably at a race school.

Once you master driving at the limits with no babysitter, you will get better results in emergencies with the babysitter on. You will ask nothing more of the car than it is capable of, which will make the stability control work even better.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:38 AM   #42
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For RWD without posi:

You can sometimes get unstuck in sand, mud, or snow by following this procedure:

Air down rear tires to 15-20PSI.
Apply parking brake.
Increase throttle until you start to move and keep it at that setting.

The parking brake applies load to both tires. It will stop the spinning tire and distribute the torque to both sides.

Airing out the tires helps get out of the rut the spinning tire made.
Did you learn that from Marrisa Tomei?
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:46 AM   #43
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Did you learn that from Marrisa Tomei?
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:50 AM   #44
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For RWD without posi:

You can sometimes get unstuck in sand, mud, or snow by following this procedure:

Air down rear tires to 15-20PSI.
Apply parking brake.
Increase throttle until you start to move and keep it at that setting.

The parking brake applies load to both tires. It will stop the spinning tire and distribute the torque to both sides.

Airing out the tires helps get out of the rut the spinning tire made.
Genius. This is also an old 4-wheeling trick.

Jeep actually has a standard feature on the non-Rubicon Wrangler models called "Brake Lock Differential" (BLD). Using the stability control module, it will automatically apply brakes to a tractionless wheel to get power transferred to the wheel on the opposite side of the axle.

For those that have never heard about the parking brake trick on vehicles that don't have programs like BLD, or maybe want to learn more about how an open differential applies power to the rear wheels, here's a great video:



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Old 05-01-2014, 10:47 AM   #45
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Evergreen6 described rev matched downshifting very well in his OP. You can add braking to the process with heel & toe. This comes in handy when you need to simultaneously brake and downshift in preparation to accelerate through an upcoming corner. A heel & toe downshift is accomplished as follows:

Brake with ball of the right foot solidly on the brake pedal
Clutch in
Blip the throttle using the outside edge of the right foot. Ball of right foot remains solidly on the brake pedal and your heel is the pivot point.
Downshift to lower gear
Release the clutch
Brake off
Accelerate as needed
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:05 AM   #46
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Did you learn that from Marrisa Tomei?

No, I learned it on an algae covered boat ramp with a Ford van that was sinking further and further every time I hit the gas, circa 1990. A fellow boater mentioned it, and it worked.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:04 AM   #47
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1) Know where you are going before you leave, plan out your route as much as possible, don't just rely on GPS because sometimes they can be really distracting.

2) If you know you have to exit the freeway soon, then start changing lanes, it really pisses me off when people cut through 3-4 lanes within a few meters of their exit...(kind of related to #1.

3) When changing lanes, triple check your mirrors, situational awareness pays off, watch out for that idiot who feels its his/her duty not to let you change lanes. Make sure cars behind you know what you intend to do and keep an eye on cars ahead of you, they might decide to hit the brakes all of a sudden.

4) Whenever some asshat decides to tail gate me, especially when Im 3 car lengths or more behind some other car I gently tap the break pedal a few times, (not hard braking ) just enough to signal with the brakelights for them to back off...they usually get the message.

5) So the turnpike looks empty? think again there is probably a police car somewhere down the road, under the overpass or just around the corner, I usually wait until I see 1 or 2 cop cars (usually pulling someone over) before I give it a little gas

6) A brown paper bag and a large rock in the middle of your lane might look the same from a distance, an cardboard box and a cardboard box full of books might look very familiar from a distance...

That last one might seem like common sense, but I had a friend that thought it would be awesome to run over that cardboard box just up ahead...he needed a new bumper and radiator shortly after...I ran over (in a go-cart) what seemed to be a plastic bag that turned out to be a rock the cart in front of me had displaced when it went off the track. I bruised my ribs up pretty bad.

One more; 7) If you are driving along I-95 and a motorcycle flies past you at mach 3.2 , stay put (dont change lanes, brake or accelerate) for a few seconds and check your mirrors there are probably a few more of his buddies coming through...Its happened to me a few times first two times were pretty scary and totally unexpected
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:37 AM   #48
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For California drivers:

CHP's operate in pairs. If you see one, his buddy is somewhere close by.

For driving through Texas: Their radar works in both directions, and they WILL ticket you if they are going westbound and you're going eastbound. If you see one coming head on, slow down. Learned that one the hard way.
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Old 05-02-2014, 05:37 AM   #49
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If you are turning right onto a two lane road, stay in the right lane as you make your turn, accelerate, use your blinker, and then get into the left lane when its safe to do so.

I've seen it way too many times that people want to turn right and think they are ok with using the far left lane to get into.

And don't pull out in front of someone and slow down? I dont understand that part with some people??? You are in such a hurry to pull out and then you slow down? Use your head.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:11 PM   #50
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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.
This, This, This........... Move over.....
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:24 PM   #51
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i'd be happy if people turned there damn phones off when they drive, nothing more frustrating than being behind someone slow poke that is distracted and weaving all over the road!
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