1. A new way to set up your mirrors.

Start by setting your rear-view mirror as you normally would. Then, lean your head all the way to the left so it touches the driver’s window. From that position, set your left side-view mirror so you can see the back corner of your car.

Now lean the same distance the other way, and set your right sideview mirror the same way.

Now, here’s what happens. When a car comes up behind you, you should first see it in your rear-view mirror. But as it passes you (let’s say on your left), you’ll see it move to the left side of your rear-view mirror. And as its left headlight disappears from your rear-view mirror, it should instantly show up in your left side-view mirror. There should be no delay. It should slip from one to the other, so you can always see it.

End result?  No huge blind spots.

Driving with the mirrors this way takes some getting used to. You have to learn to rely on your rear-view mirror first. And you’ll have to get used to what your side-view mirrors are now looking at. But, the good news is that your blind spot should now be gone.

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2. Manual Transmissions.

Always keep the car in gear.  Coming to a stop at a light may seem uninteresting, but in the event you need to move quickly, you will not be ready.  

3. Route planning.

This is more of a mental, visual thing that I have used in the past and seems to work.  When you are going somewhere, visualize where you are going.  Check the map, think of the roads you will be going on.  Chances are you will get there safely. 

I have found that if you get rushed, you are late for something, or are unfamiliar with where you are going, mistakes will happen.  Let’s use the being late scenario…. You are late and traffic is slow.  The best idea is to put your favorite radio talk show on or some fave tunes and relax and be ready to proceed.  Yes, you will be late.  But you will arrive safely.  However, the majority of us get anxious and just want to be on our way.  So, what will we do?  We will take a short cut.  We will speed.  We will take chances running a light, or try to beat the train.  All of these things will be done on the fly, at high speeds.  Your reaction time will be cut down.  You cannot account for a school zone if you cut corners.  Your odds that you will arrive at your destination on time and safely have gone severely down. 

Know where you are going, and if you are lost, take a calm approach and plan as you go.

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