Safe Driving Methods – an Index

Accurate Driver Safety Information Compared to Incorrect Opinions and Deadly Nonsense – an Index

Despite the fact that all drivers — including ‘students’ and ‘learners’ — would benefit greatly by being conversant with all of the topics on this page, most of which are basic, it is sadly and stunningly clear that these topics listed here vastly outnumber and outweigh any official advice for safe driving that has ever been available in the USA.

One major problem is that if one were to ask any driver what they thought the correct answers or facts are on any of these topics, the chance of getting many truly correct answers would be extremely low.  The fact is that over many decades, answers which have always been incorrect guesswork have been around so long that they are mindlessly accepted as accurate even though it is actually easy to prove them to be wrong!

Given the length of this index, which we will progressively populate with research-based and best-practice-based articles for the free information of anyone visiting this website, please do be fully aware that this index and all related articles are subject to our Disclaimer and Copyright.  As the preparation of all the said articles will take considerable time, we ask that you are patient with us.  The relevant hyperlinks will generally be added one-by-one, as promptly as our time permits.

A

Abbreviations (driving-related)

ABS – see Brakes

“Accidents” are NOT Accidents – see Crashes!

“Accidents” (Excuses for) – see Excuses for Crashes

Acronyms – see Abbreviations

Agricultural Vehicles

Airbags

Alcohol and Driving

. . . . . Utah faces an uninformed backlash over tighter drunk driving law (June 1, 2017)

. . . . . The Crash-Risk Argument for a Limit of 0.05% Blood-Alcohol Concentration rather than 0.08%

All-way Stops – see Intersections

Ambulances – see Emergency Vehicles

Animals on the Road

Arm Signals – see Hand and Arm Signals

Arrows painted on road – see Road Markings

Arrows on Traffic Signals – see Traffic Lights

Attitude

ATVs

Automakers

. . . . . American Vehicles made in Europe Commonly are Safer &/or have Better Safety Accessories Available than their USA Versions

 

B

Baby Seats – see Children in Vehicles

Bad Weather – see Weather

Battery

Bends – see Curves

Blind Spots (How many are there? It is NOT 2, 3 or 4!)

Blinding (Dazzle)

Brake Lights – see Lights

Brakes and Braking

Breakdowns – see Disabled Vehicles

Bright Sunshine – see Dazzle, and see Lights

Buggies (Horse-drawn) – see Animals

Bus Stops (also see School Buses)

Bicycle Lanes

Bicyclists and Bicycle Riding (EW q.v. Cycling)

 

C

Calmness – see Attitude

Cattle – see Animals

CDC — Center for Disease Control

. . . . . Misleading Highway Safety Info’ from the NTSB – Part 2 (May 2017)

Cell Phones – not just ‘Hand-Held’, but importantly ‘Hands-Free’, too!

Central Islands and Refuges (also see Medians)

Changing Lanes – see Lane Changing

Chicanes – see Traffic Calming Measures

Child Locks (on car doors)

Child Pedestrians – see Pedestrians

Child Seats – see Children in Vehicles

Children in Vehicles

Children’s Motorcycles and Powered Scooters

Climbing/Crawler Lanes

Clothing (also see Reflective Clothing)

Coasting

Concentration

Consideration – see Attitude

Conspicuity (also see Reflective Clothing)

. . . . . Rear Fog Lights for Driving in the USA? What ARE They?

Construction Zones

Contraflow

Controls (Driving) – see Vehicle Controls (Driving)

Controls (Other) – see Vehicle Controls (Comfort)

Courtesy – see Attitude

Crash Helmets – see Helmets

Crashes!

. . . . . Ranking Countries for Road Safety – the ‘Per Capita’ Rate

. . . . . Ranking Countries for Road Safety – the ‘Per Vehicles‘ Rate

Crashes (Excuses for) – see Excuses for Crashes

Crossing the Road

Crossroads

Crosswalks (controlled, marked/uncontrolled, unmarked)

Crosswinds – see Weather

Cruise Control – see Vehicle Controls (Driving)

Curves and Curvy Roads

Cutting a Curve (bend) – see Curves

Cutting an Intersection – see Intersections

Cycle Lanes – see Bicycle Lanes

Cyclists – see Bicyclists

 

D

Darkness – see Night Driving and also see Weather

Daytime Running Lights [DRLs] (also see Headlamps/Headlights)

Dazzle – see Blinding

Deer – see Animals

Diagonal Stripes (also see Gore)

Diesel or Oil Spillage on Road – see Road Surface

Direction Indicators – see Signals

Disabled Drivers

Disabled Vehicles

Distractions and Distracted Driving

Divided Highways – see Highways (divided)

Documents – see Driving Documents

Dogs – see Animals on the Road, and also see Pets in the Vehicle

Double Yellow Lines – see Road Markings

Drink-Driving – see Alcohol and Driving

Driver Psychology

Drivers (also see Learning to Drive)

. . . . . Teaching Drivers How to Get Out of a Skid or do an Evasive Swerve Can Result in More Crashes Afterwards, Not Fewer!

. . . . . USA: Teen Crash Rates are Catastrophic Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Each Year

Driver’s Health – see Fitness to Drive

Driving – General Advice

Driving in the Boonies – see Rural Roads

Driving at Night – see Night Driving

Driving Documents

Driving in Bad Weather – see Weather

Driving Large or Long Vehicles

Drowsy Driving (also see Fitness to Drive)

Drugs and Driving

Drunk Driving – see Alcohol and Driving

Dull Day or Weather – see Weather

Dynamics – see Vehicle Dynamics

 

E

Elderly Drivers – see Older Drivers

Electric Vehicles

Emergency Brake – important – see Brakes

Emergency Telephones

Emergency Vehicles

Enforcement – see Law Enforcement

Evasive-Swerve Training – see Reactive Driving

Excuses for Crashes

Exhaust System (Dangers)

Eyesight – see Vision; also see Sunglasses (Tinted)

 

F

Farm Vehicles – see Agricultural Vehicles

Fatigue – see Drowsy Driving

Federal Government Information and Advice — see: CDC, FHWA, NHTSA, and NTSB

FHWA — Federal Highways Administration

Filter Arrows on Traffic Signals – see Traffic Lights

Fire (in a vehicle)

Fire Trucks – see Emergency Vehicles

First Aid

Fitness to Drive (also see Drowsy Driving)

Flashers – see Signals

Flashing the Headlamps – see Headlamps (Flashing of)

Flashing Yellow/Amber Lights at Construction Zones – see Construction Zones

Flashing Yellow/Amber Traffic Lights

Flooded Roads – see Weather

Fluorescent Clothing – see Reflective Clothing

Fog – see Weather

Fog Lamps – Front (also see Fog Lamps – Rear!)

Fog Lamps – Rear (yes, rear… have a look!)

. . . . . Rear Fog Lights for Driving in the USA? What ARE They?

Following Distances (important, also see Stopping Distances)

Footways – see Sidewalks

Four-second Rule (or Three!) – see Safe Following Distances 

Four-ways (flashers) – see Signals

Four-way Stops – Intersections

 

G

Golden Rule of Safe Driving — see Safe Driving

Gore (i.e. at intersections) – see Lane Dividers

GPS

Grade Crossings – see Railroad Crossings

Gradients – see Hills

Gravel Roads – see Roads

Guard Rails (for vehicles)

Guard Rails to Protect Pedestrians – see Pedestrian Safety Barriers

 

H

Hail – see Weather

Hand & Arm Signals

Hand Brake – see Brakes

Hard Shoulder – see Shoulder

Hazard Warning Lights – see Signals

Head Restraints

Headlamps/Headlights (also see Daytime Running Lights [DRLs])

Headlamps (Flashing of) – see Headlamps/Headlights

Headway – see Following Distances

Health – see Fitness to Drive

Helmets – Bicycle

Helmets – Incidents and Injuries

Helmets – Motorcycle

High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes [HOVs]

“Highway Accidents” are NOT Accidents – see Crashes!

Highways – divided

. . . . . Late-Lane-Change Exits from Highways are Dangerous!

Highways – undivided

Hillcrests

Hills – Control of Vehicle

Hills – Parking

Hills – Slippery

Horn – see Signalling to Other Drivers & Road Users

Horse-drawn Buggies – see Animals

 

I

Ice – see Weather

Illness – see Fitness to Drive

Indicators – see Signaling

Inexperienced Drivers – see Drivers

Injured People – see First Aid

Insecure Loads (also see Overhanging Loads)

Insurance – see Driving Documents

Islands – see Central Islands and Refuges

Intersections

 

J

Jaywalking

Junctions – see Intersections

 

K

Knolls – see Hillcrests

 

L

Lamps and Lights (also see Headlamps/Headlights)

Lane Changing

. . . . . Late-Lane-Change Exits from Highways are Dangerous!

. . . . . USA: It’s “Mirror-Signal,” NOT “Signal-Mirror,” Despite Bad Advice for 100 Years!

. . . . . “Signal for 100 feet” is stupidly bad advice!

Lane Dividers

Lane Discipline – important – please read it!

Lanes and Lines

Large or Long Vehicles – see Driving Large or Long Vehicles

Law Enforcement

. . . . . A Safe Etiquette for Traffic Stops in the USA

. . . . . America’s Poor Performance in the ‘Enforcement’ Aspect of Highway Safety

Lay-bys – see Pull-offs

Learning to Drive

Lights (also see Headlamps and Headlights)

. . . . . Rear Fog Lights for Driving in the USA? What ARE They?

Lighting Requirements

Lines (on road) – see Road Signs and Markings

Lines of Traffic – see Tailbacks

Littering from Vehicles

Loading and Unloading

Low Light – see Weather and also see Sunrise/Sunset

 

M

Maintenance of your Vehicle

Manual Transmission

Medians – important: also see Central Islands and Refuges

Medications – see Drugs & Driving

Merging – also see Zip Merging

Merging-in-Turn – see Zip Merging

Mirrors –  This is Comprehensive… Please Read!

. . . . . USA: It’s “Mirror-Signal,” NOT “Signal-Mirror,” Despite Bad Advice for 100 Years!

. . . . . Setting a Driver’s Exterior Mirrors for Maximum Safety (2003, updated 2017)

Motorcycles and Motorcyclists

Motorcycles – Miniature

Motorcycles and Powered Scooters for Children – see Children’s Motorcycles and Powered Scooters

Moving Off – see Pulling Off

Muddy Roads – see Weather

Multiple Roundabouts – see Roundabouts

 

N

Narrow Roads – see Rural Driving

Narrow Streets – see Urban Driving

Narrow Sections of Road (deliberate) – see Chicanes

Navigation Systems – see GPS

Nervous Drivers

NHTSA — National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Night Driving

NTSB — National Transportation Safety Board

. . . . . Misleading Highway Safety Info from the NTSB – Part 1 (May 2017)

. . . . . Misleading Highway Safety Info’ from the NTSB – Part 2 (May 2017)

 

O

Obstructions on the Road

Oil or Diesel Spillage on Road – see Road Surface

Older Drivers

On & Off Ramps

One-Way Streets

Overconfident Drivers – see Drivers, and also Reactive Driving and Training

Overdriving the Lights – see Headlamps and Headlights

Overdriving the Road – see Speed and Speeding

Overhanging Loads (also see Insecure Loads)

Oversize Vehicles (also see Slow-moving Vehicles)

Overtaking

 

P

Parallel Parking – see Parking

Parked Vehicles

Parking

Parking Bays (Aligning Your Car Within One) – see Parking

Parking Brake – see Brakes

Parking (Pull-through) – see Parking

Passenger Comfort – see Smooth Driving

Passengers – driving with

Passing – see Overtaking

Passing Places (on very narrow rural roads)

Patience – see Attitude

Pavement – see Road Surface (remember, they aren’t all paved!)

Pavement Markings – see Road Markings

Pedestrians

Pedestrian Crossings – see Crosswalks

Pedestrian Safety Barriers

Pets – see Transporting Pets in your Vehicle

Pocket Motorcycles – see Motorcycles (Miniature)

Police Officers on Foot / Traffic Control

Police Stopping You from Behind

Police Vehicles – see Emergency Vehicles

Positioning Your Vehicle at Intersections

Positioning Your Vehicle for Regular Driving

Powered Wheelchairs and Disability Scooters

Protective Clothing (Motorcyclists)

Psychology (of drivers) – see Driver Psychology

Pull Offs (parking by the roadside)

Pulling Away – see Pulling Off

Pulling Off

 

Q

Queues of Traffic – see Tailbacks

 

R

Railroad Crossings

Rain – see Weather

Ramps – see On & Off Ramps

Reactive Driving and Training

. . . . . Teaching Drivers How to Get Out of a Skid or do an Evasive Swerve Can Result in More Crashes Afterwards, Not Fewer!

Rear Fog Lamps – see Fog Lamps (Rear) – yes, rear… have a look!

Rearview Mirrors – see Mirrors

Reflective Clothing (also see Conspicuity)

Reflective Studs (on roads)

Reflectors (on bikes and vehicles) – see Lamps and Lights

Reversing

“Road Accidents” are NOT Accidents – see Crashes!

Road-Death Statistics — see Statistics and Statistical Comparisons

Road Rage

. . . . . Road Rage in the USA – Latest Death Figures (as at May 2017)

Road Signs and Markings

Road Humps – see Traffic Calming Measures

Road Junctions – see Intersections

Road Surface (remember, they aren’t all paved!)

Road Works – see Construction Zones

Rotaries – see Roundabouts

Roundabouts

. . . . . The USA Continues to get it Wrong with Roundabouts

. . . . . More About Roundabouts

Rural Driving

Rural Roads

Ruts – see Road Surface

 

S

Safe Driving

. . . . . The Golden Rule of Safe Driving

Safe Following Distances

Safety Barriers for Pedestrians – see Pedestrian Safety Barriers

Safety Technology in Your Vehicle

School Buses

School Crossing Patrols

School Zones

Seat Belts

Seats – Reclined (significant danger)

Self-driving Vehicles

. . . . . Self-Driving Cars are Not Imminent (May 2017)

Semi-autonomous Vehicles — see Self Driving Vehicles

Senior Drivers – see Older Drivers

Separation Distance – see Following Distances

Setting Off – see Moving Off

Share the Road

Shoulder

Sidewalks

Signaling to Other Drivers & Road Users (turns, lane changes, horn etc.)

. . . . . USA: It’s “Mirror-Signal,” NOT “Signal-Mirror,” Despite Bad Advice for 100 Years!

. . . . . “Signal for 100 feet” is stupidly bad advice!

Signs – see Road Signs

Skid Training – see Reactive Driving

Skidding (also see Reactive Driving)

Slick or Slippery Roads – see ‘Road Surface’, ‘Skidding’, and ‘Weather’

Slow-moving Traffic (also see Tailbacks)

Slow-moving Vehicles (also see Oversize vehicles)

Smoke (blocking view) – see Weather

Smoking While Driving

Smooth Driving (but also see Vehicle Dynamics)

Snow – see Weather

Soft Shoulder – see Shoulder

Speed, Speed Limits and Speeding

Speed Bumps – Traffic Calming Measures

Standard (Shift) – see Manual Transmission

State Drivers Manuals (USA) — see USA State Drivers Manuals

Statistics and Statistical Comparisons

. . . . . USA Traffic Safety Facts 2015 Data, as published in June 2017

. . . . . Ranking Countries for Road Safety – the ‘Per Capita’ Rate

. . . . . Ranking Countries for Road Safety – the ‘Per Vehicles‘ Rate

. . . . . A Classic Example of why Lies about America’s “Good” Highway Safety must Stop!

. . . . . Traffic Deaths in Arizona have Increased by an Astonishing 24% in Two Years

. . . . . USA Performance in Multi-National Road-Death Rates

. . . . . Misleading Highway Safety Info’ from the NTSB (2017) – Part 2

. . . . . Misleading Highway Safety Info’ from the NTSB (2017) – Part 1

. . . . . Officials Mislead America About Highway Safety (article from 2003)

Stick (Shift) – see Manual Transmission

Stop Signs and Lines – see Road Signs and Markings

Street Driving – see Urban Driving

Stopping

Stopping Distances (important, also see Following Distances)

Student Drivers – see Learning to Drive

Studs (on road) – see Reflective Studs

Summits – see Hillcrests

Sunglasses – Tinted

Swerve Training – see Reactive Driving

 

T

Tactile Paving on Sidewalks – see Sidewalks

Tailbacks (also see Slow Moving Traffic)

Teen Drivers – see Drivers

Three-point Turns

Three-second Rule (or Four!) – see Safe Following Distances 

Timid Drivers – see Nervous Drivers

Tinted Windows – see Windows (Tinted)

Tiredness – see Drowsy Driving

Tiresprobably the most important & misunderstood subject of all; do read it!

Tornado – see Weather

Towing and Trailers

Town Driving – see Urban Driving

Traffic Calming Measures

Traffic Circles – see Roundabouts

Traffic Jams – see Tailbacks

Traffic Lights

Traffic Signals – see Traffic Lights

Traffic Signs – see Road Signs and Markings

Trailers

Tramways / Tramlines

Transporting Pets in your Vehicle

Triangles – see Warning Triangles and Flashing Lights

Tunnels

Turn Signals – see Signaling  

Turns – general

. . . . . USA: It’s “Mirror-Signal,” NOT “Signal-Mirror,” Despite Bad Advice for 100 Years!

. . . . . “Signal for 100 feet” is stupidly bad advice!

Turning Left

Turning Right

 

U

Undivided Roads & Highways – see Highways (undivided)

Urban Driving

U.S. Automakers — see Automakers

USA State Drivers Manuals

>>>  State Drivers Manuals Can Kill Your Kids (sold by the Society of Automotive Engineers for US $27)

U-Turns

 

V

Vehicle Condition – see Maintenance

Vehicle Dynamics (but also see Smooth Driving)

Vehicle “in balance” – see Vehicle Dynamics

Visibility and View (also see ‘Lights’, and ‘Windows’)

. . . . . Rear Fog Lights for Driving in the USA? What ARE They?

Vision

Vulnerable Drivers Travelling Alone

Vulnerable Road Users [VRUs] (also see Bicyclists, Motorcyclists, Pedestrians)

 

W

Warning Triangles and Flashing Lights (behind your disabled vehicle)

Weather (also see Hills – Slippery)

. . . . . Rear Fog Lights for Driving in the USA? What ARE They?

White Lines – see Road Markings

Wind (high) – see Weather

Winter Driving – see Weather

Wipers and Washers – see Maintenance

Windows

Words painted on road – see Road Markings

 

Y

Yellow Lines – see Road Markings

Yield Signs and Lines – see Road Signs and Markings

Young Drivers – see Drivers

 

Z

Zip Merging

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