How to be a Safer Driver
Driving Safety Using the 12 Second Rule
Most of us are pretty good drivers. Sure we slip up every now and then, but with the number of vehicles on the road, statistically there are far more good drivers on the road than bad drivers. But there are the bad ones out there. There are those that cause problems for everyone. And then there are the drivers that simply mess up and bad things happen.
Because there are a few out there that could potentially cause issues, there is a way to be an even safer driver and to avoid these seemingly unavoidable problems. You may remember reading about playing the What If game in order to avoid accidents. This goes in conjunction with that game.
As the premiere collision repair shop in Billings, we want you to be even safer. And this is how you can do it.
Practice Steering High
Professional drivers (not race car drivers) like truckers and bus drivers use what is called “steering high.” This method really doesn’t have anything to do with your actual steering. Instead, it has everything to do with where you are looking on the road.
Most of the time we tend to watch 2 to 4 seconds in front of us. While driving in the city, that’s about 75 to 150 feet ahead. And that’s good for making decisions at the last minute, but if something happens quickly, you won’t be able to react in time.
Instead, the bulk of your focus should be on 10 to 15 seconds ahead. While driving in the city, that means looking out around 1 block in front of you. When driving on the highway, that means watching about a quarter mile ahead of you.
While this seems like it’s a long way out to watch, it means that you will catch potential threats far before they become problems. You will see animals running toward the road and have plenty of time to react. You will see vehicles being driven out of control and be able to alter your course.
Naturally you still need to pay attention to what’s immediately ahead so you can avoid those last minute pitfalls, but keeping your eyes out even further ahead will make you an even safer driver.
Come to Big Sky Collision Center for your Auto Body Repair Needs
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we want you to be as safe as possible. But collisions still happen. Sometimes with deer, sometimes with hail stones, and sometimes with other drivers. If you do happen to be in an accident, bring your vehicle to the best auto body repair shop in Billings.
We take pride in having more factory certifications than any other shop around. We have all of our technicians trained to repair your vehicle to full factory safety standards so you can be comfortable driving in a vehicle that not only looks great, but functions great as well.
Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time to bring your vehicle in.