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Driving Fundamentals

The simple fact of the matter is this: they don't teach you everything that you need to know in driver's training! A number of driving fundamentals are glossed over or ignored altogether, yet these simple techniques can make you a better, more prepared, safer driver. While it's important that you understand road rules, and are able to safely navigate among other drivers, hold your lane position, and make proper lane changes, the following techniques are what truly distinguish experienced drivers from the amateurs! If you want to become a driving veteran, you must master these driving fundamentals.

Parallel Parking

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of death among those aged 5 to 34 in the United States. The most reliable method of saving lives and preventing injuries from occurring is to wear a seat belt. However, millions of drivers and passengers choose not to wear seat belts on every day occasions. Various statistics regarding seat belt usage include:

  1. Pull ahead and parallel with the spot you intend to park in.
  2. Reverse while turning your drive wheels towards the curb; this will pivot the back of your vehicle inwards towards the parking spot.
  3. Once you have achieved a roughly 45 degree angle to the curb, reverse the orientation of your wheels so that they are pointed away from the curb; this will pivot your vehicle in the opposite direction and allow you to slot into the parking space.

Parallel Parking

Though all ages generally choose to ignore seat belt laws, it's quite clear that teens are the most responsible for overlooking the safety option of a seat belt. According to, common responses for teens not wearing a seat belt include:

  • The belts are uncomfortable
  • The trip was short
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of understanding a seat belt's importance
  • Not being "cool"

According to the Naval Safety Center, only 1% of passengers who were wearing a seat belt were ejected from a car during a crash. Therefore, whether you're in the driver's seat, the passenger's seat, or riding in the back, wearing a seat belt is equally important and should be incorporated on every single journey. Your life could be saved just by the simplest procedure of fastening your seat belt.

Stay Safe—Buckle Up!

Not only is wearing a seat belt the law, it's an act that could and does save lives. It doesn't matter how old you are, where you're traveling to, or where you're positioned in the car, you should always buckle up!


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