Myths & Mistakes Index

Holding the Steering Wheel

There is some silly advice about holding the wheel at the 8 & 4 positions, but that is dangerous. Check it out.

Setting the Side Mirrors for Maximum Safety

(USA and elsewhere)

Skid Training and Emergency Evasion Tactics Make Safer Drivers (Wrong!)

Getting Away With Speeding (etc.)UK

The Red Light District

Does it matter what color the flashers (indicators) are? Yes, it does.

And what about high-intensity rear fog lights?

Stickers on the Windows and Stuff Dangling from the Interior Mirror

Neither of these things is advisable, and the latter is always wrong!

I’ll be okay driving if I’ve only had a couple of drinks

I must be safe. I’m in an SUV!

I don’t need my seatbelt if there’s an airbag!

I need to signal as I change lanes

Turning right on red

Using a cell phone doesn’t affect driving!

If you skid, select neutral — Not!

I can stay awake if I drink plenty of coffee on the road

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Watch any person driving for more than a year or two, and you will probably see several potentially risky errors in how they move….. But, with respect, this assumes that the person doing the looking knows what they are looking for!

Unfortunately, it is a fact of life: Humans are inherently lazy regarding repetitive tasks, and driving — no matter how potentially lethal — is often seen in this light. People forget or ignore that if, for example, an emergency happened ahead while driving with only one hand on the steering wheel, their chances of avoiding disaster are significantly reduced.

Why do so many people ignore the risks? Because emergencies of this nature rarely happen enough for us not to remain alert to the possibility. And this lack of alertness — this state of lazy attitude and “it won’t happen to me” — are a significant factor in the 43,000 deaths that happen each year on America’s roads and in the 1.2 million deaths that occur yearly on streets all over the world.

In the USA alone, one person is killed in a road crash, on average, every 12 minutes, every single day of the year — 120 people every day — and that is why a driver who wishes to survive will strive to avoid laziness and complacency.

Globally, on average, it is estimated that one person is killed every 26¼ seconds, and the World Health Organisation expects the figures to worsen dramatically by the year 2030.

An above-average driver avoids making their own mistakes. An excellent driver constantly plans and allows for every possible error everyone else on the road might make. Of course, it is pretty hard to learn to be an excellent driver, and nobody ever achieves that standard through self-taught, but how much effort is safeguarding one’s own life worth?

Use this page to learn about the common mistakes and then avoid them!

On a lighter note, myths abound about how to evade police detection, fines, and similar issues. Click here for a list of British legends, many of which have been circulated — with suitable adaptations — in many countries.

We invite you to visit each of the hyperlinked (i.e., blue) topics/links in the column to the left and see why some things many people accept as safe techniques are dangerous.