Driving Safely – Five Safety Tips Most Forgotten (seventh post)

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I cannot believe that snow comes to Kent again in April. With his back towards the window, my professor complained that he refused to look outside for he was not willing to accept the truth that the snow came back. Snow makes driving harder and accidents happen more easily. Considering the accidents my friends and I suffered from recently, and how dangerous machine a vehicle could become, I think intently that it is time to give some driving safety tips to friends who drive.

1. 注意新的交通规则。美国和中国有许多不一样的交通规则,比如Stop sign。中国没有stop sign, 我前几日刚听了一个朋友开车不经过stop sign而罚了$140。Stop sign设在路口是出于安全考虑,取代了信号灯的作用。

1. Pay attention to new traffic rules. There exist so many differences between Chinese and American traffic

regulations. For instance, we can see stop signs everywhere here while cannot see any in China. I just heard about that one of my friends from China got a $140 fine for no stopping before a stop sign. A stop sign is set up for the safety of an

Stop Sign

intersection. Be sure you will stop and check the coming cars before you pass the intersection.

2. 当你驾驶的时候,把地图和GPS放在随手处。如果你迷路了,停在路边重新确定方向。在驾驶过程中找路很容易出事故。同理,手机也容易使人分心,应该尽量避免在开车时使用。有时候GPS的路线标注不清,如果你走错了,就错着走下去,不要试图在高速公路上忽然改变你的路线,一不留神会造成很大麻烦。

2. When you are traveling, be sure to keep your maps and GPS ready and easy to grab. If you are lost, pull over to the side of the road before read a map or use the GPS to get a better direction.  It is very easy to cause an accident when you are driving while checking direction. As well, cell phone, as another distracting objective, should avoid from being used while driving. Sometimes GPS could be tricky. If you are going to a wrong way on freeway, do not try to make any sudden turn during driving at a high speed.

3. 和其他车至少保持一个车的车距。保持距离永远是好事儿,当前面的车要急刹车的时候,留给你时间去反应。当有车试图超车的时候,不要想着跟人家比速度。

3. Leave at least a car’s length of space between your car and the other cars. It is always good to keep a safe

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distance. When the car in front of you has an emergency brake, you need time to react. When there is a car try to surpass you, let them go, and Do Not try to race with other cars.

4. 解冻你的窗户,从陷车中解救自己。这是雪地最重要也最容易被忽视的注意事项。在开车之前打开解冻器和空调来消除车窗上的冻霜和车内的雾气。这些步骤能保证你在雪地里有着清晰的视线。此外,当你陷到泥淖或者雪堆里的时候,用雪橇把自己铲出来。盲目地旋转轮胎只会让你越陷越深。在轮胎下放橡胶制品可以加大摩擦力,更容易把车开出来。

4. Defrost Your Windows/Rescue your car from stuck. This is the most important tip for a snowy day and also the most easily to be forgotten. Make sure to turn on defroster and fan to help you defrost your windshield and warm up the interior of your car before you leave for drive way. These processes will keep your view clear during driving. When you are stuck in mud or snow, dig yourself out with a snow shovel. Spinning wheels can do nothing but make it worse. Placing some rubber material underneath will help drive out with ease.

5. 定期检查车辆。检查玻璃水,刹车,轮胎,当你的雨刷磨损之后要及时更换。

5. Take your car  for regular check. Check the wiper fluid, brakes, and tires, and be sure to replace wiper blades when they become worn-out.