Published on April 29, 2016
Your Hands’ Position
Don’t keep your hands at the ten-and-two position. This was taught back when airbags in the steering wheel weren’t commonly used, and when not all cars had power steering. If you drive a 60-year-old car and the wheel is the size of a pirate ship wheel, then ten-and-two is fine- drive like a captain. Nine-and-three is now recommended. Putting your hands at ten-and-two can cause an injury called degloving. If it sounds unpleasant, it is… let’s just say it tears and excessive amount of skin from your hands.
No Need to Pump the Brakes
If you are driving in the rain and hydroplane, it’s a different story. Otherwise, to stop in the fastest, safest manner possible, don’t pump. When you brake very hard and the pedal vibrates against your foot, that is the system automatically pumping, faster than a human can.
Don’t Start and Push
When carburetors were around, you would have to push your foot down to get a little more fuel into the combustion chamber, where the spark plug ignited the mixture, and started the engine. On most cars today, the button itself initiates an entire sequence of actions that starts your car without any help.
Bigger Cars Are Not Safer
Larger vehicles with more mass will have a more difficulty changing their trajectory in a collision with a smaller, lighter vehicle. It depends on the context. However, a study last year showed it’s not the size that matters, it’s how expensive it is; the more money you pay, the better the engineering and advanced safety technology.
Four-Wheel Drive Isn’t Necessarily Better for Snow
Four-wheel drive vehicles don’t stop faster than front or rear-wheel drive cars. Four-wheel drive does have an advantage in accelerating, where the extra help in getting started can give a false sense of traction. Winter tires can help you stop faster.
Don’t Need to Brake at Railroad Tracks or Speed Bumps
Brake first, and ease off the pedal before you get to the speed bump. Braking during a bump is the worst thing you can do. We aren’t saying you should fly over tracks or bumps, but anticipate the time you have and slow your speed accordingly.