Old 04-08-15, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
That's a very simplistic view of driving. I know there are a heck of a lot of people who drive like this, and I think this is why there are as many accidents as there are.

I use my mirrors a lot when driving. If there's someone coming up behind me, even fairly far away, I try to estimate when they'll be up to me and I slightly adjust my speed if necessary to be able to not be in their way when they reach me. I also want to know who is behind me because (as every driver is SUPPOSED to) I always have at the back of my head a map of where the cars around me are so that if there's an emergency I know where I can bail out to. If I slam on the brakes can I swerve left or should I swerve right? Depends on whether there's a car there or nearly there.
Well said,
Professional drivers are taught to check their mirrors every 4 to 6 seconds to be aware of their environment. Its part of "get the big picture", and "leave yourself an out".
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