Myths & Mistakes Index

Holding the Steering Wheel

There is some silly advice around, 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 are 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 Mydriving!

If you skid, select neutral — Not!

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

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Watch any person who has been driving for more than a year or two and you will probably be able to see several potentially risky errors in the way they drive….. But, with respect, this assumes that the person doing the looking actually knows what they are looking for!

Unfortunately, it is a fact of life: Humans are inherently lazy when it comes to repetitive tasks, and driving — no matter how potentially lethal — is often seen in this light. People forget or choose to ignore the fact that if, for example, an emergency happened ahead, while they were driving along 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 happen just rarely 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 major factor in the 43,000 deaths that happen each year on America’s roads and in the 1.2 million deaths that happen each year on roads 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 2020.

An above-average driver avoids making his or her own mistakes. A truly good driver is constantly planning ahead and allowing for every conceivable mistake that everyone else on the road might make, too. It is actually quite hard to learn to be a really good driver, and nobody ever achieves that standard through being self-taught, but then 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 myths, 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 that many people accept as being safe techniques are in fact dangerous.