The 3 Most Popular Driving Myths and What You Should Do Instead



Have you followed any of these words of so-called driving “wisdom?”

If so – you’re not alone!

Most people have believed them without question for years.

The truth is that the alternatives to these erroneous rules are much safer.

Here are some of the myths you’ve probably heard and what you should be doing instead.

Myth #1- Car lengths
You were probably taught the ideal distance between you and the car in front of you should be measured in car lengths.

This is a fine rule until you reach speeds that are in excess of 30 miles per hour!

The problem is, at higher speeds, the car lengths rule doesn’t give you enough time to react if you have to make a quick stop.

A better rule is to leave a distance of three seconds between you and the vehicle you’re following.

Here’s how to measure three seconds: Choose a landmark in the distance. Count the seconds between when the car in front of you passes the landmark and when you pass it.

When the weather’s bad, it’s best to leave more than three seconds!

Myth #2- The 10-and-2 position
Everyone who has a driver’s license probably recognizes this rule without saying more than, “10 and 2.”

The fact is, having your hands positioned at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock on your car’s steering wheel isn’t as safe as having them in the 9 and 3 position.

This gives you a better range of motion for turns without moving your hands, making your reaction time quicker.

Myth #3- Don’t brake and swerve.
If your car is equipped with anti-lock (ABS) brakes, it’s definitely okay to hit the brakes and then swerve in order to avoid an accident.

Just remember the order: brake first, then swerve!

One familiar rule that’s not a myth is that you should never swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting an animal, as hard as that may be!

The more you know
These common misconceptions could put you in a dangerous spot.

Understanding the alternative actions to take will keep you safer on the road!

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