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76 Post author: michaelcurzi 17 March 2012 07:44PM

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Comment author: David_Gerard 17 March 2012 11:47:54PM *  6 points [-]

Drive a bigger car for bigger crumple zones. (Not an SUV, which are top-heavy and roll more.) In a collision, people in smaller cars generally suffer worse injuries. Crash test reports are great reading.

Don't go on a motorcycle, ever. Even if you're ridiculously careful, car drivers aren't.

Do an advanced driving course, then drive like a granny anyway.

Comment author: MartinB 18 March 2012 07:44:57AM 3 points [-]

Yes to each of them! "Drive like a granny" might be the wrong image still. Some people are related to driving way to slow, which is also bad.

As far as I am aware reckless driving does not even give a notable time advantage. Conservatism rocks when applied to safety. Distance to the car in front is a very cheap remedy.

Comment author: waveman 28 February 2014 12:00:55PM *  1 point [-]

[A] Do an advanced driving course, then [B] drive like a granny anyway.

I do not have a citation but I do recall reading that taking advanced driving courses was not cost effective because the increase in over-confidence countered the modest improvements in skill. So A made you less likely to do B.

We do need a citation for the claim that an advanced driving course does good. And we need to be aware that people running such courses are not disinterested parties.