Safe Driving Techniques

This category is for all questions and answers about the do’s and don’ts of the road, as well as tips for safe driving skills.

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How do you park a stick shift?

With the shifter or transmission in the lowest gear. If in San Fransisco, you need to park with the front wheels pointed toward the curb. In soviet Russia, stick shift parks you. Pretty much anywhere you live it's best to put the car in reverse when parking it whether on a hill or not.

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Portland Oregon

Driving test route for SE Powell DMV Oregon?

East on Powell, North on 92nd up to Washington & Stark, one or two left turns on Washington or Stark, backing straight along a curb on a side street, back to DMV via 205 from Washington St. entrance. (Not a guarantee of the exact route) also practice going south around Foster St. as well.

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Chevy Camaro Z28
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Is it ok to drive a new car on a long trip within the first 100 miles put on the car?

My 2011 Honda Fit Owner's manual says:

During the first 600 miles

  • Avoid full throttle starts and rapid acceleration.
  • Avoid hard braking during the first 200 miles.
  • Do not change the oil until scheduled maintenance time.


Well in a way no, You should never stress a new car and drive that far in the first 100 miles.

I disagree. Most new engines nowadays have been 'run in' to a certain degree and doing a 100 mile or 200 mile trip or whatever distance you choose, should have no detrimental effect on the vehicle at all, as long as you don't go over the recommended service intervals.

My research shows you may be able to. But you must ask the person who is selling the car incase!!!!!!

look people,running in a fresh engine is not some kind of voodo black magic like some talk it up to be!!! does take a few heat cycle's(heating up than cooling down) for the engine to settle in,but i wouldn't worry too much..if you like your engine an care about it,use running in light weight oil,about 15w/40 running in oil first up as it contains no friction modifiers an low levels of dispersants/detergents that will really help good bedding in...change oil an filter after about 500 KLM/300 miles...then use what ever is recommended by the manufacturer but do the second oil an filter change at 200KLM/1200 miles,than by the book, (some may not allow running in oil to be used/im not sure on that one?,but i am sure it's the best for the engine) don't drive like a grandma,(my Mum is a grandma an own's a WRX,don't dive like her ether haha:P) you have to give it a little bit of juice,if you don't the piston rings won't bed in correctly,but not too much load,like flat stick/in a gear too high as the rings will not like it whether running in or not,don't rev the .... out of it,or at the same RMP for too long as piston bore,cam shaft glasing may make sure the oil is clean an changed by the book,use good fuel.....always!!!...other than that..just use the car.....Mech9YbyTrade . The engine will need water every 50 miles.

I would suggest always read the car's manual first! I remember we went on a trip with my relative who wanted to impress his girl that he just met on (dream marriage) and his brand new toyota had troubles, and we end up getting a car rental.

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How does a car drive?

The site "HowStuffWorks" has a great, detailed answer to this question. See related link below.

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How do you avoid hydroplaning?

Drive slower and make sure your tires have sufficient tread to channel the water away. Worn tires is the main cause of hydroplaning.

Added: Hydroplaning is caused by a loss of traction from your vehicles footprint. A vehicles footprint relates to the contact surface of the tires, usually only 12 inches per tire.

To avoid hydroplaning you should reduce your speed, anticipate where problem areas of the road are, avoid pooling water if possible, shuffle steer the vehicle, do not apply the breaks, steer into the skid, and do not panic.

In situations of wet or icy weather drivers should reduce their speed to a manageable rate. This enables drivers to observe problems before they start.

If possible, drivers should avoid pools of water, which at high speeds could cause traction loss.

If a driver needs to input steering corrections it should be accomplished by shuffle steering. Shuffle steering is accomplished by positioning the drivers hands at a 4o'clock and 8o'clock position on the steering wheel, instead of what is taught in Drivers Training 10o'clock and 2o'clock. The driver should use their fingertips to shuffle the steering wheel between their hands which allows the vehicle to rock slightly, redistributing the weight of the vehicle, and keeping ones hands and arms away from a potential air bag deployment.

The driver should stay off the gas and off the breaks and steer into the skid.

Most importantly, do not panic, as this could cause over correction.

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Should snow tires be narrow or wide?

First, let me give you my experience level...9 years in Alaska, 3 years in upstate New York (Snowtown USA), 3 years in northern Utah (in the mountains where the Olympics were). Let's just say, I have driven in a LOT of snow. Now for the answer I think you are looking for:

It depends mostly on the type of snow you generally have in your area. If it is very cold and you have mostly powder snow, then narrower tires would be your best bet because it will push the snow out of the way much easier. Powder snow on the highway is most often associated with the appearance of dust in your rear view mirror. BTW, if the temperature is very cold and you have powder snow, it is very hard and sometimes impossible to make a just falls apart when you let go of it.

If on the other hand, you get mostly wet snow (makes a snowball easily and tightly) a wider tire would be your best bet since it has more channels in the surface with which to grip the snow. Since it is wider, it will also tend to ride up away from the ice formed on the roadway itself from the compacted snow of other drivers.

That all being said, once the snow on the roadway turns to ice the only way you are going to get sufficient traction to be really safe is with the use of studded tires. The difference in traction is actually VERY dramatic.

Depending upon how much you drive in the snow, chains may be in order and they are much easier to apply to narrow tires. The wider the tire, the less clearance you have from the car's body parts. Chain damage can get very expensive extremely quickly. NOTE: Chains do virtually nothing for you on sheer ice and sometimes actually lessen your traction because steel is hard and skates across the ice easily.

This depends on the snow conditions and how you intend to operate you vehicle.

Narrow tires tend to produce more traction until they dig in and the chassis touches the ground and you are stuck.

Wider tires tend to not dig in so deep but can slip more on a snow surface.

These basics do not apply to ice covered by snow or icy conditions.


I need to add (from poster #1) about studded tires, chains on etc. You need to check with the DOT of the state you are in or traveling through. Stud tires AND/OR chains may be very well illegal to use in said states. This would be up to you to verify. Even a simply check with the State (of interest) Highway Patrol would be able to assist this question. Personally, out here in the upper midwest, both have been illegal to use for several decades. They are very destructive to roadways, highways and interstates. If you are 'outback', they may be wonderful, but with most people who live in areas who need them--having a 4X4 of some sorts, they absolutely have been made illegal for use in many states. Good Luck on deciding if you can use in your area.

Distances and Travel Times
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If your traveling at 65 mph how many feet will it take your vehicle to come to a safe stop?

Without additional data this cannot be accurately answered:

  • road condition
  • break condition
  • ABS equipped or not
  • tire condition
  • how hard you are pressing break pedal
  • Weight of vehicle
  • etc.

You can assume with any vehicle it will take a minimum of 345 feet. That figure includes reaction time of 202 feet and braking distance of 143 feet.

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If you are stuck in a traffic jam and you can feel your anger rising you are experiencing an emotional challenge called?


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Is the Oregon permit test easy?

If your prepared and confident, then yes

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What does brake towing weight mean?

it refers to the weight you are legally allowed to carry on a trailer with brakes. (including the trailer) trailers without brakes are restricted to a lesser weight.

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How do you find out your driving instructors ADI number?

You will need to ask your driving instructor for it, as the DSA doesn't make that information available to the public.

The ADI number is a unique reference given to every DSA approved driving instructor and can be found on the green badge which all legal instructors should dispay while giving paid instruction.

If you are paying for driving lessons, you have a right to ask to see the instructors licence (trainee instructors have a red/Pink badge), if an instructor can't produce one, they maybe operating illegally.

You don't need an ADI number to book a driving test see ADI number and driving test link below, but you should always make sure that you only take driving lessons from instructors who have a valid licence, check both the photos and expiry date, this will ensure you are getting quality tuition and up to date information regarding the driving test.

Rules of the Road
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What is the minimum speed in the left hand lane of the interstate?

55 mph

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What is the difference between a 13 over and a 18 speed?

With a thirteen speed you can only "split" the top four. With an eighteen you can "split" all of them, including reverse.

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When driving what does water plus speed equals?


Headlights Tail and Brake Lights
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At what distance should headlights be dimmed to oncoming traffic?

Each US state and Canadian province has its own regulation on dimming distance. However, most states specify that you must use low beams within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle, and within 200 feet of a leading vehicle (travelling your same direction). These distances are quite outdated; they were specified when high beams were allowed to produce only less than half the present allowable maximum intensity, and have not been updated as headlamp regulations and technology have evolved. Technically and physiologically, distances more appropriate to today's North American-market headlamps are 700 feet for oncoming, 300 feet for leading vehicles. Nevertheless, if you adhere to 500/200, you will in most cases be meeting your legal obligation.

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When parallel parking how far from the curb should you park?

I don't know how much it varies from state to state but it was "within 6 inches" when I took my test many years ago.

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Why does a car not down shift when slowing down?

If your car is an automatic (not a stick shift) then the car will automatically shift down as you ease off the gas petal. If it doesn't down shift then you need to have the vehicle checked out to see what is wrong.

Auto Accidents
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Advantages of of abs brakes in car?

In a car without ABS, if you slam on the brakes, your wheels will lock and your car will skid. ABS prevents the wheels from locking by releasing the brakes if you start to loose traction.

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What does a curb painted red mean?

It's a fire lane.

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5 Smith rules of driving?

Aim high in steering - The farther down the road you see while driving (and he's talking about "seeing, not just looking"), the less likely you are to have a wreck, he says, adding "Be aware of what's going on around you." Keep your eyes moving - Eye movement helps keep you from getting into a driving trance, the fixed stare of the driver whose mind is elsewhere while her/his ton of metal is moving at up to a 100 feet a second. Eye movement makes drowsiness less likely, too, and makes it more likely you'll frequently check your rear-view mirror. Get the big picture - Practices one and two help you stay aware of what's around you, but there's more, including road conditions, weather, and any changes in the condition of your vehicle, including fuel level, engine temperature, electrical systems, and any abnormal vibrations or sounds.

Make sure you are seen - You can't assume other drivers are aiming high, keeping their eyes moving, and getting the big picture. They may not have noticed that you're hurtling in their direction. Having your headlights on makes you more visible and they take no extra fuel, Ronald notes, so, "Turn 'em on," day and night. Even then, though, don't assume that other drivers have noted your presence or your turn signal that's blinking or even, heaven help us, the red light facing them as you both approach an intersection. Leave yourself an out - Where can you go (to the median? to the shoulder?) if something happens suddenly just ahead of your car? If you've been aiming high, moving your eyes around, and getting the big picture, you're more likely to know what to do when faced with the need for a sudden change in flight path. "Always try to have an escape route because it matters little who is right or wrong in bad situations, staying out of any 'mess' is the very most important thing," he writes.

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American Cars

Only one windshield wiper moves?

Broken link ... there is one motor, and a connecting metal rod that moves the two wipers in harmony.

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Transportation Accidents

If you drive on a learners permit without an adult in the car and get in an accident will insurance pay for the damages?

No, insurance will not pay if your parents have not placed you on the policy yet. You may also want to check your state laws.

Having a 16-year-old daughter makes me a good source of info on this topic.

Good luck to you.

Actually, it depends on your carrier. Most parents add their children to their insurance when the kids get learners permits. Depending on your parents' policy, there may be an exclusion for not having an adult in the vehicle with you. Or there may not be. And, here's the fun part: Even if there is an exclusion, and you decide to drive the car without an adult parent and get into an accident, most courts would not uphold the exclusion. One, first party coverage (i.e., to pay for the damages to your parents' car) is pretty hard to deny; and, two, third party -- or liability -- coverage is difficult to deny by an insurance carrier because it would place your parents in too much jeopardy (getting sued, etc). Still, unless you want a huge hassle before you even get a license, don't risk it.

When does state law require a parent to add their 16 year old child with a learners permit to their auto policy?

Yamaha Motorcycles
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What is the correct fuel oil mixture for a 2005 Yamaha yz 250?

32:1 with Yamalube 2r

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What is a danger alley?

This is when you are driving in between two cars, one to the right and one to the left. You are in the middle and that is consider a "danger alley". This is not a safe position in a freeway.

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The S in SIPDE stands for?

S - Scan

I - Identify

P - Predict

D - Decide

E - Execute


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