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Understanding Timing when You're Driving Can Keep You Safe

Posted by attorney Jeffrey Rasansky

Timing is one of the most important things to understand when you're behind the wheel. It's what allows you to turn out of a driveway safely, to get into a lane on the freeway when you merge and what tells you when it's the right distance to start applying your brakes before you stop. Here are some basic concepts to understand.

The Two-Second Rule

Human beings with average reflexes take around a second to react to anything. It takes about two to take an action that preserves yourself that is considered and not the result of pure reflexive motion. It's a good idea to keep two seconds of time between you and the cars in front of you. This way, you'll have plenty of time to apply the brakes, swerve or take other actions before you run into them from behind if they do something unexpected.

Brake Gently

It's easier on your car, more polite to the people behind you and more comfortable for the people in your car if you hit your brakes gently and come to a gradual stop. Ideally, there should be no jerk when you come to a complete stop; it should be completely gradual. You can practice this over and over to get it right. Not only does it make it more comfortable to drive, it also helps you get a very good idea of how long you need to reach a comfortable stop at various speeds.

When In Doubt: Count

If you're not sure how long you need to get across a road and into traffic, count how long it takes a car to get to you from a given landmark. Do this over and over and you'll get good enough at it to make smoother entries into traffic from parking lots. As a caveat, however, remember that motorcycles and bicycles tend to look like they're moving slower than is actually the case and that you need to assume they're coming at you faster than you think. You can save a motorcyclist's or a bicyclist's life with this small courtesy.

A car accident lawyer in Dallas can help you if someone was driving irresponsibly and caused an accident. Talk to a car accident attorney if you believe that someone was negligent in their driving habits and if, because of that, you suffered an accident. Negligence does not have to go unanswered and a lawsuit may help you recover from the financial damages you suffered.

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