Safer Driving By Planning Ahead

Winter Driving, sensible and fun driving, year-round.

Besides the usual guff about gearing down appropriately for an automatic or manual transmission, why not reveal the following secret?

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Use the brake pedal BEFORE you enter curves, not in the curve!

Slow down enough, through breaking or downshifting before you enter the curve and you won't need to use the brake in the curve (or switch through gears during the curve).

Even better, downshift before you get into a curve. Then enjoy the pleasure of accelerating as you come out of the curve and then upshifting if the road then straightens out.

Either you break on straight-aways only or you aren't looking ahead
and driving like a robot and not anticipating what's ahead.

Cruise controls know nothing of this, or approaching hills or intersections.

Use your eyes and anticipate what's coming and be prepared by being in the right transmission mode and at the right speed before the road condition changes.

Don't drive like a robot, clueless of what's ahead. Use your eyes and if it's a familiar road, use your knowledge of what is ahead.

Scott

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