Ask The Traffic School Instructor: Better Drivers – Men vs Women
August 5, 2014
Question: Who are better drivers, men or women?
Answer: Deciding who’s better is one of those questions that’s hard to generalize. In an equal opportunity country, there are certainly men and women who are fully equal when it comes to being bad drivers. From a totally personal and unscientific point of view, I can tell you that, in every traffic violator class I’ve ever taught, men far outnumbered the women. The scientific data also seems to show the same types of numbers. So, if by better, you mean safer and less likely to be involved in a crash, the numbers favor women. Continue Reading
Small Cars Downgraded To Poor In IIHS Crash Tests
August 1, 2014
In crash tests performed on small cars by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 16 out of 32 cars received marginal or poor ratings. There just isn’t enough structure in the crumple zones to absorb the crash forces and protect the vehicle occupants. Read more: Range of ratings: Small car ratings run the gamut in challenging small overlap front test
Ask The Traffic School Instructor: Anti-lock Brakes
July 29, 2014
Question: What’s the difference between anti-lock brakes and regular brakes?
Answer: Anti-lock brakes or ABS is a braking system that helps in keeping control of your vehicle when the brakes are applied on slippery road surfaces. If you aren’t certain whether you have ABS or not, check your owner’s manual or consult the dealer. Continue Reading
USAA Offers Post Deployment Driving Tips
July 24, 2014
It’s understandable; after a long deployment where it was necessary to scan for and rapidly avoid IED’s or potential ambush points, it’s hard to turn off those critical life-saving skills after returning home where those dangers no longer exist. Driving back home poses a whole different set of dangers and transitioning from one driving environment to the other isn’t easy. Read more: Tips for Driving After Deployment
Ask The Traffic School Instructor: Passing School Buses
July 22, 2014
Question: I stopped for a school bus the other day but my wife said you don’t have to stop on multi-lane highways. Who’s right?
Answer: Well it depends on what type of multi-lane highway you’re on. In most states drivers in the opposite lane of a multi-lane “divided” highway with a raised barrier or wide grassy median between the lanes don’t have to stop for school buses stopped in the other direction. The raised barrier or wide grassy median are the key here. On multi-lane highways that don’t have a raised or grass median, traffic is required to stop in both directions. This image from the Florida Drivers Manual should help to make it a little clearer.