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Old 12-20-2005, 10:28 AM   #1
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To deal with a specific discussion that I've recently had about good driving, I put together this group of words. I mean no offense to anyone and am simply trying to establish a baseline for what good driving is. I readily admit that, based on this criteria, I'm not a good driver. See what you think and please tell me if you think I've left out some major point.

Good Driving Attributes
Control of the vehicle. A good driver knows exactly where a vehicle is tracking and place the either of the front wheels on a line, even if it curves, and keep the wheel there. A good driver knows exactly how much to turn the wheel to make the vehicle turn where they want it under all conditions and maintain control. A good driver knows the exact amount of brake pedal pressure to apply to stop the vehicle safely under all conditions. A good drive knows and can reach for all of the controls needed to operate the vehicle without taking his or her eyes off of the road. A good drive has a finely tuned sense of proper operation of all vehicle systems and can immediately sense a failure in any of them. A good driver has performed the actions to maintain control of the vehicle so many times that they are automatic.

Situational Awareness. A good driver is completely aware of their surroundings including all other moving vehicles in the immediate vicinity. The direction, speed and possible actions by the other drivers are understood or anticipated. Changes or unexpected actions are immediately perceived. The road conditions, any obstacles or changes in it are also perceived.

Concentration and emotional detachment. A good driver maintains constant focus on the vehicle and the situation around it. A good driver never lets emotions play a part in the operation of the vehicle by remaining detached emotionally from the actions of other drivers. A good driver will never let an external influence like food, cell phones, alcohol or drugs, even properly administered prescription or OTC ones influence his or her concentration.
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To deal with a specific discussion that I've recently had about good driving, I put together this group of words. I mean no offense to anyone and am simply trying to establish a baseline for what good driving is. I readily admit that, based on this criteria, I'm not a good driver. See what you think and please tell me if you think I've left out some major point.

Good Driving Attributes
Control of the vehicle. A good driver knows exactly where a vehicle is tracking and place the either of the front wheels on a line, even if it curves, and keep the wheel there. A good driver knows exactly how much to turn the wheel to make the vehicle turn where they want it under all conditions and maintain control. A good driver knows the exact amount of brake pedal pressure to apply to stop the vehicle safely under all conditions. A good drive knows and can reach for all of the controls needed to operate the vehicle without taking his or her eyes off of the road. A good drive has a finely tuned sense of proper operation of all vehicle systems and can immediately sense a failure in any of them. A good driver has performed the actions to maintain control of the vehicle so many times that they are automatic.

Situational Awareness. A good driver is completely aware of their surroundings including all other moving vehicles in the immediate vicinity. The direction, speed and possible actions by the other drivers are understood or anticipated. Changes or unexpected actions are immediately perceived. The road conditions, any obstacles or changes in it are also perceived.

Concentration and emotional detachment. A good driver maintains constant focus on the vehicle and the situation around it. A good driver never lets emotions play a part in the operation of the vehicle by remaining detached emotionally from the actions of other drivers. A good driver will never let an external influence like food, cell phones, alcohol or drugs, even properly administered prescription or OTC ones influence his or her concentration.
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OK. With a few lookers and no one willing to "weight in", I'll assume that my concepts are at least close. Part of the discussion that generated this was based on the fact that the surveys that are taken among drivers always seem to say that there is a large percentage of bad ones but that none of us (me included) are willing to admit that we are part of the that percentage.

A forum post that I once read said that in order to be a good driver, you had to have driven 100K miles in that type of vehicle. I just knew that it wasn't experience alone (remember the "craftsman" with 1 year's experience 20 times?) but that there had to be other factors. I was just trying to jot those factors down. I'm sure that my discussion on this subject will start up again one of these days.
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It looks like you have a pretty good handle on what a good driver is. I also have to admit I can use some improvement. I would also add to your list a good knowledge of the rules & laws of the rood.
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Thanks for your input, Cliff. You're correct - I should have added knowledge of the rules to my list. That is an important part of being a good driver.

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A good diver is a better driver when they have a good copilot.

A good copilot will be able to read a road map.

And, I believe, a good driver is not in a hurry and enjoys the drive as part of the pleasure of the trip.

It could be a St. Christopher medal might help.
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