All Good Kids Like Milk

Traveling across country is an exciting adventure, but if you think about it, it’s also a perilous one. Unless you consciously focus on road safety the entire time you’re on the road, you’re putting yourself at risk every tire rotation down the highway. The truth is, 90% of crashes aren’t random occurrences, they are the result of poor driving habits.

It is simply amazing to see how many people are looking at just about anything but the road while they are on it.  And it is simply amazing to see how many people are doing just about anything but focusing on driving while they are driving. 

One place where it doesn’t seem to be so widespread is New Jersey.  I appreciate getting onto the roads to see people looking ahead and paying attention.  No texting, no cell phones, they are just plain driving.  Wow. 

But it certainly isn’t like that everywhere.  We’ve all seen those people.  Distracted, defiant, and downright dangerous.  Somehow, the roads were made just for them to take chances on at everyone else’s expense. 

Fortunately for me, I’ve been engrained with defensive driving habits that have saved me from dangerous motorists more times than I can count.  I was exposed to the UPS Space and Visibility Program.  Those habits are simply “All Good Kids Like Milk” and they go like this

Aim High In Steering

We do this so we can always see far ahead and plan out a safe path.  We do this so that the car centers on the lane instead of hugging one side or the other, and corners aren’t cut sharp.  We do this by picturing a target out far ahead you are trying to bullseye.

Get The Big Picture

We do this so we can see everything we are approaching and access it.  We do this to buy time and be able to react safely.  We do this to avoid slamming the breaks, and instead having smooth stops and turns.  We do this by staying back, and looking ahead to determine, how wide, how deep, what’s ahead, with both objects and the ground.

Keep Your Eyes Moving

We do this so we can see everything going on around us, especially crossing intersections, or anywhere there is traffic entering.  We do this by checking front view every 2 seconds, rear view every 5 – 8 seconds.  We do this to keep alive at intersections and keep our eyes ahead of the car.  Scan, don’t stare, things can change in a blink of the eye.

Leave Yourself An Out

We do this so we are prepared, because anything can happen at any moment. We expect the unexpected. We ensure we have space on all four sides, but always space in front.  We do this by identifying an ongoing escape route.  We identify the path of least resistance and stay with it.

Make Sure They See You

We do this so there is no second guessing what our intentions are.  We don’t gamble or assume other motorists know what our next step is, we use our horn, lights and signals.  We do this by communicating in traffic, honking, signaling, and establishing eye contact.

Bottom line, you need to be constantly aware of space for your vehicle and clear visibility to get around.

All Good Kids Like Milk is pretty simple to remember.  It’s a World Class Driving System created by UPS.  Their drivers have a long history of being among the safest in the entire transportation industry.  That’s good enough for me.  I hope you find it useful as well.

And for anyone who is in such a hurry that they are riding bumpers, talking or sending messages, not allowing others to merge in, or cutting across lanes of heavy traffic with no regard, I have to ask:

Who will you be leaving behind?

When that accident finally occurs, who will you be leaving behind? And, is your situation so important you will risk taking someone from their family?

All Good Kids Like Milk.

Safe travels this holiday season, and always.

 

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Comments

  1. Hey lady, it’s Minnesota calling! What a wonderful, fabulous trip you’ve had – I can’t wait to see the pictures!

  2. you have to give credit to Harold Smith who copyrighted/ trademark this set of safety driver ideas/seeing habits…

    UPS is just one of the many companies using this method of space cushion driving & have purchased the rights to use for training drivers

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