What are your best driving words or phrases?

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  1. amh says:

    My favourite is “Don’t drive like you want to be the first to get into a crash or collision. The prize for being first sucks — a banged up car and raised insurance rates!”

  2. amh says:

    My driving instructor told me:
    “A crash or collision occurs when at least one person makes a mistake. If more than one person is involved it is _often_ (but not always) because they all made a mistake.”

    He went on to explain that while one person may do something (illegal, unexpected, plain wrong) to cause the crash, others get involved because they often failed to give themselves “safe space” around them to avoid the situation, or else they failed to take a moment to double check that what should be a safe situation is, in fact, safe. An example of the latter is looking for cars running a red before proceeding when the light changes to green.

    • davidjroot says:

      A similar comment I often hear (or read in reports) from people involved in a collision is, “He came out of nowhere.” Um… probably not. It’s more likely that you just weren’t looking around, and only staring straight ahead.

  3. amh says:

    Another one I like goes like this:
    “You may pass, you may always pass.”

    With the following caveat or qualification:
    You may pass
    1) UNLESS it is specifically prohibited
    2) AND if the manoeuvre can be done in safety
    3) AND if the manoeuvre is carried out in safety

  4. amh says:

    Related to the first comment about racing into a crash is this one, which was a favorite of my grandmother’s:
    “Better to arrive late than be early for one’s own funeral”

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