How to Avoid Aggressive Driving

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Aggressive driving is an all too common behavior behind the wheel, but it is also very dangerous, as it can easily lead to accidents on the road. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation, more than half of crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved an aggressive driver.

So how can you avoid aggressive driving? Remain calm behind the wheel. Try not to let other drivers’ actions upset you. Focus on your breathing, play music that relaxes you, and remember that actions like speeding maybe shave seconds off your arrival time, but not much more.

Aggressive driving usually rears its ugly head in the form of tailgating drivers ahead of you, cutting off drivers during quick lane changes, weaving in and out of highway traffic, and failing to use signals. Aggressive driving turns to road rage when you use hand gestures to signal your dislike of another driver’s actions or when you attempt to speed past drivers, brake check them, or run them off the road in anger.

To ensure that you don’t become an aggressive driver, always remember to use turn signals, give space for others to merge, keep a safe following distance from traffic ahead of you, and obey traffic laws, especially speed limits. If you witness aggressive driving from other drivers or feel threatened due to someone’s road rage, call 911.

From all your friends at Chip Wynn Motors, stay safe out there!

Sharing the Road with School Buses

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It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost over, which means it’s back to school for our nation’s youth. That also means you will soon be sharing the road with school buses once again. Here are some quick tips to do so safely:

  • Watch for railroad crossings: School buses must make complete stops before crossing railroads. If you are behind a bus and are approaching a railroad crossing, be prepared to stop.
  • Slow down: Buses will be traveling slower than most cars because A) they follow all speed limits and B) they are humongous. Don’t zip around them because your visibility is limited around school buses and because they make frequent stops.
  • Obey all lights and signs: This is the biggest and easiest tip we have. School buses use yellow lights to signal that they are about to stop to pick up or let off children. At that point, prepare to stop. When the red lights flash and the stop sign pops out, you absolutely must stop. Not only is it illegal to pass (and some buses now have cameras to catch you if you do), but you are jeopardizing the safety of children if you do not obey the law.

If you or an older student needs a new ride to get to class every day, please contact the team at Chip Wynn Motors. We’ll be glad to give you a hand.