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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Small Town Driving

If you’re used to big- or medium-size city driving, you might find small town driving to be a bit of a surprise—especially if you try going 40 mph in a 30 mph speed zone. Small town driving is a whole different ball game. Here are some things to remember.

Meticulously obey every law
If the sign says Speed Limit 30, you don’t go over 30. Period. And don’t even think about a rolling stop. If the sign says “STOP,” it means STOP, not SLOW DOWN A BIT AND THEN DRIVE RIGHT ON THROUGH.

Err on the side of caution
If the speed limit is not posted, assume it’s 25 mph. If there’s no yield signs or stop signs, slow down to a near-stop, look carefully, and then proceed. There may be somebody watching you, so make sure that your actions not only are safe, but also look safe.

Be courteous to other drivers and pedestrians
Things may move at a slower pace in Mayberry than Chicago. Understand this, and be considerate of those who may not be used to a big city pace of driving.

You know, come to think of it, these rules don’t just apply to small towns—they are actually pretty standard techniques you’d find in any good defensive driving course online.

1 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Good tips! Having grown-up in a small town, watch out for the young officers. They are always anxious to give out moving violations.

9:31 PM

 

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