4 things you didn't learn in driver's ed - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum
Off Topic Anything but SLK talk. Please Note that religious and political discussions are not allowed....

 4Likes
  • 4 Post By jbanks15
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
#1 Old 07-21-2012
Administrator/Founding Member

 
jbanks15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tampa, Florida
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG Kleemann Supercharger, ECU tune, Headers and LSD, CF Diffuser
Posts: 92,452
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 477 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6617 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,255
Thanked 11,166 Times in 8,511 Posts
(Thread Starter)
4 things you didn't learn in driver's ed

4 things you didn't learn in driver's ed - Yahoo! Autos

Use Those Brakes for Goodness' Sake

Many people simply don't realize the amazing capability of ABS (antilock braking systems). As I've written before, most drivers aren't comfortable pushing a car to its limits; in an emergency they'd even rather run into something. But if you haven't practiced a full-on ABS stop, you might smash into an easily avoidable obstacle because you don't know that you can avoid it.

So they learn to tap the full power of ABS, I teach my students "stomp, stay, steer." First, stomp—hard—on the brake pedal. Pretend there's a photo on the pedal of your ex who fooled around with your best friend. Second, stay—again, hard—on the pedal. Ignore nasty sounds and the pulsations from pedal. You are not hurting the car. (When teaching ABS to the mothers of the B.R.A.K.E.S. students, yelling "Push, push, push!" works well.)

Finally, steer around the obstacle. The wonder of ABS is that it allows turning while braking, a skill that takes race drivers (who aren't driving with ABS) years to develop. Just remember that a little steering goes a long way: One big problem with ABS is that drivers turn the wheel too much and then release the pedal before centering the steering. Do this while the vehicle is still moving and it will dart into either oncoming traffic or a roadside ditch.

Remain Calm

Speaking of overcorrecting: A common cause of highway fatalities is a driver jerking the car back toward his or her lane after running partially off the right side of the road. It's especially common on rural two-laners. The sad thing is that these accidents and deaths are unnecessary—you don't need to pull hard to get the car back in your lane. The vehicle's left-side tires offer more than adequate traction except in the rarest of situations.

So if your mind wanders for a second (or you looked down at the incoming text on your phone) and your passenger's side wheels drop off the road, remain calm. Ease off the accelerator, allow the car to slow down on its own, look ahead for a safe place to return to the pavement, and gently move the steering wheel to the left to ease back into traffic. Avoid the brakes unless there's a damn good reason to get off the shoulder, such as an upcoming bridge or parked car, and then use only light braking. Practice this at about 20 mph if you want to get the hang of it.

Use Thumb Hangers... and Forget 10 and 2

A cop I know was once fiddling with the in-car computer with his right hand while driving the car with his left hand at 12 (the top of the steering wheel, for those of you young enough to be unfamiliar with analog clocks. We know you're out there.) When the distracted police officer smashed into a stopped car, the force of the airbag deployment flung his hand back into his face, and he broke out his front teeth with his own hand.

That, my friends, is why you don't drive with a hand at 12 o'clock. The 10 and 2 position, once the common wisdom of driver's ed classes, is also dead (or at least it should be) thanks to airbags. The proper position is 9 and 3, while the Italian-esque 8 and 4 is more than acceptable. Don't do those hand-over-hand turns anymore, either.

Most modern steering wheels have "thumb hangers" that naturally put your hands at 9 and 3 so you won't smack yourself if an airbag deploys. Below 14 mph (the approximate speed for airbag deployment) I don't care where put your hands. Nor will I get bent out of shape if you cross over 11 or 1 in an urgent situation. But my students need a good reason to cross 12 o'clock.

Train Yourself to React

Even the most cautious and conscientious driver will eventually face an emergency skill test. If you don't train for it, you'll fail. (Archilochus said so.)

I see this all the time during a B.R.A.K.E.S. exercise that requires an urgent lane change. Our course features a single lane of traffic that widens out suddenly to three, and then narrows again to one just as quickly. Although there are no other cars on the road during our tests, I tell the kids to imagine it this way: Granny has stopped abruptly in the center of a three-lane road. In the hypothetical scenario, two Ford Expeditions are tailgating her car. When she hits the brakes, one dodges to the left, the other to the right, revealing the car stopped in the center lane. Even if the student has left a safe following distance, she's left with two seconds to take action.

It's a valuable test, because even good drivers will probably do nothing but smash into the back of the car if they haven't prepared for this—there's just not enough time to think and then react. When students do the exercise properly and quickly veer into one of the neighboring lanes to avoid danger, the tires barely moan and the car remains stable.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeff, US Army Master Sergeant Retired
Administrator/Founding Member
2009 SLK 55 AMG Black/Black
Kleemann Supercharger thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Kleemann ECU Tune, headers and downpipes thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Albums:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

ClearBra
OEM MB Plexiglass Draught Stop
Smarttop version 3.22
Previous - 02 SLK 320, 05 SLK 350
jbanks15 is online now  
The Following 7 Users Say Thank You to jbanks15 For This Useful Post:
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 07-22-2012
Premium Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Phoenix
Vehicle: 1999 slk 230
Other Toys: 1966 Mercedes Heckflosse
Posts: 14,577
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 530 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,120
Thanked 1,420 Times in 958 Posts
Garage
LOL, i wish it would Drivers Ed again.... I can fix that.... there is Stuff i did not learn after my 1st Marriage..... and 2 this Day ...... i still wonder why my Irish betty loves....... me...... all i remember it was last Call and she took me...... Home and darn it 8 Years later she still try 2 give me orders in my Garage....... But i got smarter i work alot...LOL......
Berliner Heckflosse is online now  
#3 Old 07-22-2012
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: East Hampton, NY
Vehicle: SLK 55 AMG 2013
Other Toys: 2011 BMW X6M, 2011 MINI JCW (Stage 2 tuning)
Posts: 23
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Thanks! I remember the ABS braking exercises at Skip Barber and being amazed how well they worked and being able to steer through a slalom while the pedal was fully depressed.
counselor33 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mercedes Benz SLK Forum > General Discussion about Mercedes Benz SLKs > Off Topic

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Upload your files to MEGAUPLOAD
Upload your images to ImageShack

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes Benz SLK Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
R171 Driver's seat height rafarmer General Discussion 20 03-01-2015 06:09 PM
drivers door window won't lower charleshanson General Discussion 2 06-29-2012 07:51 PM
Warning Other Drivers Of Speed Traps Is Constitutionally Protected Free Speech jbanks15 Off Topic 22 05-28-2012 08:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Clubs, Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.