Presentation on theme: "How to Be Obnoxious and Dangerous at the Same Time"— Presentation transcript:
1 How to Be Obnoxious and Dangerous at the Same Time Lousy drivers
2 Welcome to the Jungle Roads are full of bad drivers Many of them just don’t care about other peopleOthers lack fundamental skillsSome suffer from “Hurry Disease”Some good drivers are over-confidentThis presentation describes their habits
3 Self-Absorbed Putting on make-up, grooming Eating Reading Talking on cell phone or textingWearing headphones
4 Failing to Communicate Not using turn signalDriving unpredictablyRiding the brakesNot looking before changing lanes
5 More Important Than You Not allowing cars to mergeNot waiting their turn at 4-way stopsStopping in the middle of the street instead of pulling overWon’t move right forpassing traffic
6 Can’t Plan Ahead Cutting across three lanes of traffic to make an exit Waiting at a “right turn on red” intersection until a car is coming, then pulling out in front of it
7 In a Bigger HurryAccelerating to an obvious, easy-to-see red light or traffic jam, then braking hard to stopTailgatingWeaving through busy traffic where everyone is already going above the speed limit
8 Ignorant or Unskilled (or Both) Straying out of the laneTrying to merge into highway-speed traffic at 35 mphHolding up the fast lane – not moving right per the lawCutting off people in the middle lane who need to get in the right lane to take an exit
9 If You’re a Great Driver Maybe you can make your car or motorcycle do whatever you want on a closed courseYou may be in complete control of your vehicleHowever, you can’t control (or even predict) the actions of the others on the road or the road conditions/obstructionsThey can distract you and make you lose control
10 Defensive Driving Tips Stay focused. Pay attention to road conditions, speed, traffic laws, signs, signals, and the cars around you.Stay alert. You must be able to react quickly to hazards and problems.Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. The 3- to 4-second rule will usually give you enough time to brake.Get away from erratic drivers.
11 Defensive Driving Tips, cont. Scan the road well ahead of where you are. Don’t drive behind big trucks that block your view.Don’t assume another driver is going to move out of your way or let you merge. Anticipate worst-case scenarios.Position your car where you have the best chance of seeing and being seen.Don’t speed. Posted limits are for ideal conditions.Let tailgaters pass when safe to do so. You have more reaction capability for things in front of you.
12 From a Motor Trend on-line poll “Most of this could be cured if people practiced courteous, considerate driving habits, instead of acting like the prudish, self-centered, egotistical manics our society has become in pretty much all arenas of life.”
13 Nueces County Vehicle Policy No cell phone use.Operator& Passengers must be county employees.For official business only.No headsets/headphones allowed.Report accidents/damage immediately to your supervisor.