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What to Do When You Have Car Trouble on the Road

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Our Florida online traffic school is going to teach you a lot of things — important things to keep you safe on the road. You will learn defensive driving techniques that will help you keep you cool, even when faced with stressful situations on the road. However, one stressful situation you might face doesn’t really involve driving. When you experience car trouble on the road, knowing how to handle it, and what to do, ensures your safety and the safety of other drivers. Here are some tips to help you deal with car malfunctions on your next trip:
 
• Find the nearest safe location to pull off the road. Whether it be the shoulder of a highway, the nearest exit, or even a dirt road, you need to get your vehicle off the road. If you need to stop immediately, and there is no exit or shoulder, pull your vehicle as far off the road as possible and turn on your hazard lights.
• Assess the situation, and try to determine if the car can be temporarily fixed, or if you need to call for a tow. Check simple fixes first, such as letting the car cool down if overheated, and refilling with coolant, or making sure the battery cables are tight, or there is plenty of fuel in the tank.
• If the problem cannot be fixed right away, call for a tow truck. Be sure to give your precise location, or as close to it as possible, so the driver can find your car without trouble.
• If your car is parked in a safe location, such as off the main highway, remain with your car. Be aware of your surroundings as you wait for the tow truck, to ensure your safety.
 
Contact us at Comedy Defensive Driving to find out more tips for dealing with an automobile break-down, and to sign up for one of our online courses.
 

Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road at Night Driving

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When you attend our defensive driving school, you will finish the course with a full understanding of what it takes to successfully navigate the roads — no matter what situation may arise. Being prepared helps to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of other drivers on the road. One situation that may seem harmless enough is driving at night. Now, night driving may seem simple — it’s just like driving in the daytime, only at night, right? Wrong! When you are driving at night, you have to keep some key points in mind:
 
• You can no longer see as far into the distance, so take that into account. Avoid getting too close to the traffic in front of you, because you can’t necessarily see what’s going on in front of them.
• Since you can’t see as far at night, you also have to be more aware of your surroundings. It only takes seconds for a deer to appear in your headlights and cause an accident.
• If the weather is rainy, it can make it even more difficult to drive at night. Make sure your wipers are in good shape. Applying a rain shield to your windshield can also help. Your headlights are going to reflect off the rain as you drive, making it much harder to see than if you were driving in the daylight.
• Finally, make sure your lights are all in good working order. If the car behind you cannot see your brake lights or your turn signal at night, you could be rear-ended. A few seconds of your time to check your lights before heading out for the night could save you an accident.
 
Contact us today at Comedy Defensive Driving to learn more night driving tips to stay safe, and be sure to sign up for one of our courses.
 

Do You Really Know All There Is to Know about Safe Driving?

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Knowing how to drive and knowing how to safe drive are two different things. You might think you know everything you need to stay safe on the roads. However, unless you have taken a driving course, you probably don’t know as much as you think. We offer a defensive driving course online to teach you all that you need to know, to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
 
Taking an online course offers lots of convenience without sacrificing the quality of the course. You can learn the same things you would learn in a classroom, only in the comfort of your own home — and you can do it all at your own pace. It has never been easier to become a smart, defensive driver.
 
Let’s face it — with some of the drivers on the road today, knowing how to drive defensively is essential. There are so many dangerous situations out there, such as an enraged driver, traffic jams, road construction, distracted drivers, and much more. Knowing what situations you might face and how to handle the stress will help you keep a cool, calm head during any roadway crisis.
 
When you hop in your car, you are taking a risk. Sure, you may not get into an accident, but the risk is always there. Your best defense is being prepared, and we are here to prep you. Contact us today at Comedy Defensive Driving to learn more about our online driving courses and how the courses can help you hone your driving skills to perfection.
 

How an Online Defensive Teen Driving Course can Help Your Teen

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When your teenager reaches driving age, it is time to start thinking about enrolling him in a online defensive teen driving course. There are many benefits to taking one of our courses, and there are benefits to doing it online. Knowing how to be a defensive driver will not only help prepare your teen for the highway, but one of our courses can even reduce your insurance rates.
 
Reasons to Take the Course
 
So, why should your teen take one of our courses? The first reason is safety. Your teen can be the best driver in the state — he’s not the one you might have to worry about. It is the other drivers that can pose a threat to your child. Teaching him how to drive defensively will ensure that he knows how to react quickly in any situation on the road.
 
Another reason you may want your teen to take a course is to reduce insurance rates. Many insurance companies offer discounts for drivers that take a defensive driving course. You may want to enroll yourself and take advantage of potential discounts!
 
Finally, taking the course online has the benefit of being convenient. Your teen can navigate the course at his own pace, which helps to ensure that the knowledge he gains is solid. An online course also ensures that it fits into your teen’s schedule of school and other activities.
 
Contact us today at Comedy Defensive Driving to learn more about enrolling your teen in one of our helpful courses.
 

How to Stay Safe in Construction Zones Driving

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Keeping your Texas driving record involves following the rules of the road. This is especially important when driving in construction zones, where you can get into a lot more trouble if you break any driving laws. When workers are on the road, you have to be that much more aware of your surroundings — not only for your own safety, but for their safety. Here are some tips to help you safely navigate construction zones in Texas:
 
• When you see the first signs for construction, start slowing down. It doesn’t take long to travel a few hundred feet of highway. Slowing down sooner will help you be prepared for whatever lies ahead in the construction zone.
 
• Pay attention to the posted speed — and stick to it! This cannot be stressed enough. Not only are speeding tickets more expensive in construction zones, the risk of injuring someone is higher. Adhere to the speed limit and be aware of any workers on the road.
 
• Stick to regular driving rules, such as leaving plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. If they have to stop suddenly for a construction worker, you must be able to stop, too.
 
• Follow the directions of the workers. If they instruct you to stop, follow a pilot car, or any other stipulation, pay attention and follow their directions. They know how to get you safely through the zone without injuring yourself or damaging your car.
 
• Stay calm. Construction zones take more time to get through, so keep your temper in check. The safety of you, other drivers, and the workers is more important than keeping a strict schedule.
Contact us today at Comedy Defensive Driving for more construction zone driving tips and to arrange for your first driving course.
 

Safety Tips for Driving in Rainy Conditions

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Defensive driving skills are a must when traveling the busy roads of Texas. They are even more important to have when you are navigating busy roads during rainy weather. Driving in rainy conditions are different than driving with a clear sky. Here are some tips from your friends at Comedy Defensive Driving to help you stay safe on the road when the rain starts falling.
 
• Make sure your car is weather-ready. This means replacing your wiper blades if they are worn, and making sure your tires are properly inflated and have good tread. You also want to make certain that all of your lights are working, including turn signals and brake lights.
 
• Leave plenty of room between you and the cars around you. You may have more difficulty coming to a quick stop under wet conditions, so leave lots of space between you and surrounding cars. If the car in front of you suddenly hits the brakes, you have a much better chance of stopping with lots of room.
 
• Don’t use the cruise. Setting the cruise makes it much easier to drive on the open road, but when it’s wet outside, cruise control can be dangerous. If your car begins to lose traction on the wet surface, the cruise may cause an increase in acceleration, which can lead to hydroplaning. Use your own foot power for accelerating when it’s raining.
 
• Speaking of hydroplaning, you can avoid this by being cautious. Don’t hit your brakes hard when driving on a wet surface, and take corners with care.
Contact us today at Comedy Defensive Driving for more rainy weather tips and find out how you can get started in your first defensive driving course.
 

Tips for Remembering Children in the Backseat

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When you enroll in a defensive driving school, you are going to learn all of the skills you need to stay in control on the road. However, there are some things that even the best instructors cannot control. It seems as if we are hearing more and more about children being left in hot cars, often leading to their death. Comedy Defensive Driving wants to take some time to share some tips for remembering your children in the backseat, no matter what.
 
• Put something else in the backseat. A cell phone or a purse in the backseat is an easy way to remember your little one. You probably don’t go anywhere without your phone or purse, so if it is in the backseat, you are going to look for it. This doesn’t mean the phone, purse, or other item is more important than your child. It just means that the habit of carrying the item will trigger your memory.
 
• Make it a habit to check the backseat every time you exit your car. Even if you are the only one in the car, get into the habit of opening the back door after exiting and having a quick look around. It only takes 30 days of doing something for it to become a habit — and this habit could mean the difference between life and death for a small child.
 
• Avoid being distracted. Distracted driving has led to parents forgetting their children in the car. Talking on the phone, eating, etc. can put your mind on auto-pilot. If you normally do not have your child in the backseat, driving on auto-pilot could lead to a forgotten child. Keep the distractions away and stay alert while driving, whether you have a child in the car or not. This will keep you safe and help keep your mind on driving and taking your child out of the backseat.
 
Contact us today at Comedy Defensive Driving to learn more about our offering of courses — and remember to check the backseat!
 

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

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Our Florida driving school is a great option for learning how to drive defensively on the sometimes-crazy roads. You will also learn about different situations that can put you at risk for an accident, even when you don’t realize it. One of these situations is drowsy driving. There are many dangers involved with driving while you are tired.
 
• A decrease in the awareness of your surroundings, which means you may not notice that pedestrian in time or that car slowing down in front of you.
 
• A decrease in reaction time, which means when you do finally notice the pedestrian or the car, it may take you longer to react and hit the brakes.
 
• An impairment of your judgment, which means you may mistakenly think you have time to pass another car when you don’t.
 
• Problems with your vision, which can include blurred vision and watery eyes. When you are not seeing clearly, you are not driving safely.
 
• An increase in moodiness, which can lead to road rage and driving erratically. When you are tired, you are irritable, and other drivers can quickly annoy you, causing you to drive in ways you may not normally drive.
 
Here at Comedy Defensive Driving, we know all too well about the dangers of driving while you are sleepy. We don’t want you driving drowsy — we want you driving with an alert mind, clear sight, and defensive skills. Contact us today to learn more about our driving courses and how you can stay alert on the road.
 

Key Aspects of Our Defensive Driving Course In Summer

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The Texas defensive driving course in summer is in full-swing, which means temperatures — and tempers — are rising on the roads. While you may not be a “road-rager,” other people may not have your calm demeanor. Knowing all about defensive driving in Texas — the right way — is the best way to avoid setting off another driver’s temper and potentially putting yourself in danger. There are many aspects of defensive driving that you need to learn. Comedy Defensive Driving is here to help you learn them all and stay in control of your road trips.
 
• One of the most important things you will learn is how to react and defend yourself against all the “road-ragers.” When someone is driving erratically, whether they are drunk, distracted, or just angry, it puts you in danger. Knowing how to react in situations, such as being cut-off or tail-gated, will help keep you safe until you are well away from the problem driver.
 
• Another important aspect you will learn is expecting the unexpected. You have to be sharp while you are on the road; you have to expect things to happen, such as changing weather conditions or sudden brake lights in front of you, so you know how to react. Being unprepared is the fastest way to get into an accident. We will teach you how to expect the unexpected and stay on your toes while driving.
 
• Distractions are a big reason why drivers get into accidents. Learning how to minimize distractions in your car is another key feature of our course. From hands-free phone calls, to leaving the snacks at home, it is essential that you always have your hands on the wheel and your mind on the road. You must be aware of your situation at all times, and distractions, such as phone calls, sandwiches, and changing radio stations, can reduce your ability to react to sudden changes.
 
Comedy Defensive Driving is here to help you become a strong, prepared driver on the Texas highways. Contact us today to learn more about the different things we will teach you and to sign up for your first course!
 

Ways to Improve Night Driving Visibility & Safety

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Driving at night can prove to be a difficult task, especially considering other variables like sleep deprivation, road fatigue, demanding nighttime road conditions and general navigational obstacles through nighttime traffic. Of course, these are only a few examples of road symptoms which may affect driving, yet when these are combined with the visual difficulty of night driving, there is an adaptation required to take extra precaution in alertness and attention to the road ahead.
 

 
In fact, a driver’s depth perception, ability to distinguish color, movement, and peripheral vision are all reduced in low-light conditions. Here at Comedy Defense Driving, we are happy to give out smart tips to our fellow drivers. In order to better prepare for nighttime driving, there are plenty of techniques to remember to avoid potential dangers while traveling at night:
 
Clean Headlights and Windshield
As time goes on, your headlights and windshield are exposed to weather, which can incur a bit of weathering and tinting. Cleaning your windshield is generally a more obvious maintenance task because it is in direct line of sight. Headlights, on the other hand, can easily go unnoticed since the yellow tinting caused by sun exposure degrades the headlamp in a very slow manner. Cleaning your headlights and windshield with a formulated product of polish and/or wax can help remove existing tints and prevent any yellowing from occurring in the future.
 
Adjust Mirrors
It is a common technique to adjust your interior mirror to reduce headlight glare from behind you, but be sure to adjust your side mirrors as well. If you tend to drive at night the most, reducing glare caused by other cars can be a lifesaver. Although angling your side mirror slightly downward will require you to lean forward slightly for a good view before switching lanes, it is worth the benefit of protecting against a blinding glare from the car behind you.
 

 
Use The White Line
It is a bit of an antiquated tip, but a notable one nonetheless. At times when we are navigating ourselves through nighttime traffic, oncoming headlights or passing lights can indirectly catch our attention. A simple yet understated tip is to always keep your eyes on the road. Yet, being flashed by oncoming traffic can still divert our attention, even if we aim to keep attention on the road. Keeping your eyes straight on the white line can be a great way to guide your direction if you start to feel overwhelmed by flashing or distracting oncoming traffic lights.
 
Overview
 

In order to improve your visibility and safety when driving, there are few things to remember:
If visibility is reduced while driving, be cautious and limit your speed ahead. Practicing patient and disciplined lane changing can, quite literally, be a life saver, too. In clear weather, headlights should allow you to see about 350 feet ahead. This distance should give you time and room to adjust to any obstacles that may appear ahead. This also means that keeping all headlights, tail lights, signal lights, and windows clean is essential to nighttime safety.