A STRANDED MOTORIST

If you were a stranded motorist, AAA used to be the best thing to have. If you can afford it. Now, most insurance companies offer roadside assistance and towing for a nominal fee. In Texas, there is an 800 number printed on the back of your driver license or ID card for roadside assistance and…

A PRE-OWNED CAR

I didn’t realize that CarFax was founded in 1984. Thank goodness there are resources like this for drivers. We’d all own a brand new car if we could afford it, along with the taxes and the full coverage insurance that a new car requires. I’ve been talking about buying a new car for a few…

Driving Class Eligibility

You are not eligible to take a defensive driving class for a ticket dismissal if:       You hold a commercial driver’s license       You were charged with speeding 25 mph or more over the posted speed limit       You were charged with violating one of the following sections of the Transportation Code (TRC) of the State of Texas:…

A CAR ACCIDENT

I often have students in my class inquire about whether the police will come if called to a car accident. I’m sure that depends on the severity of the accident (i.e. whether anyone got injured or if the vehicles are impeding traffic). Either way, it’s always good to get some help. If you’re involved in…

WRONG WAY

Every driver knows that road reflectors on the highway will reflect a silver white in the dark. If you’re going the wrong way on the highway at night, they will reflect red, meaning that you are going the wrong way! And, trust me, you don’t want to be a wrong way driver. And if you…

WINTER DRIVING

Experts say it’s the simple things that enhance safety such as wearing a seat belt, driving the right speed for the conditions and paying attention to the road. These are the very things most drivers involved in accidents neglect to do. They also say that 95% of crashes are caused by human error.  People driving…

TURN SIGNAL

The last thing I need is a citation from a cop. And it’s been a few years since I’ve had one. Since I teach defensive driving, I’m supposed to be setting a good example (according to my students). I did, however, get pulled over on the freeway for not using my turn signal when changing…

THEFT OF AUTOMOBILES

I saw a LOCK TAKE HIDE sign today that said “PREVENT THEFT: LOCK Your Car TAKE Your Keys HIDE Your Belongings FILL a Decoy Purse With Thousands of Angry, Venomous Bees” (ha!) Typically when we talk about theft of automobiles, someone leaves the keys in their car and so it begins. We constantly see parking…

THE MERGING ZIPPER

I often hear in my defensive driving class that “Texans don’t know how to merge.” One thing that typically irks people is a crazy traffic jam, caused because people don’t know how to merge (or, actually, they choose not to merge properly).  Whatever happened to the good old “zipper” tactic when merging? Remember, the one…

SCHOOL ZONE

Cruising through a school zone at 20mph with lots on your mind? That’s me. I call it “school zoning.” I think my car actually “idles” at 20mph, so it’s kind of like a cheap man’s cruise control. I must admit, it’s been nice to not have to coordinate my work commute around school zone hours.…