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Old 10-08-2007, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Default Looking over your shoulder while driving.

This past weekend, I was out shopping with a friend. I was the driver. I normally look over my right shoulder when I change lanes to the right. I was taught this years ago (I'm 54 currently) and still do it to this day. The gal with me said, "Oh, you look over your shoulder when you drive?"

I use my mirrors and look over my shoulder. It's easier for me to see fast moving motorcycles and cars zipping at 70++++ miles in between cars in the far right lanes. Also, I can spot anyone who is running parallel (aarrgggghhh) to me who is planning to merge into the same spot I want. Additionally, my mirrors can be realigned if someone accidentally bumps into them or when I'm cleaning them off.

Is this no longer taught in driving classes? Is everyone now only using their mirrors when changing lanes to the right? Does anybody even remember when this was taught in class?

Just curious. Many thanks.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:07 PM
 
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It's just part of defensive driving. Mirrors have blind spots. If you don't look over your soulder,well, sooner or later a car will be in one of those blind spots.

If your friend is driving ask her if she has full medical coverage for her passengers.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:32 PM
 
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"Oh, you look over your shoulder when you drive?"

"Oh, you don't?"
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I took driver's ed in early 1974, when I was a junior in high school and the teacher instructed us to look over our right shoulder to make sure there isn't anybody in the blind spot. I still do that to this day.
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Its still there- I took drivers ed in highschool (1996) and it was still in there then. Maybe you're friend wasn't paying attention in class when she took it drivers ed.
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:57 PM
 
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I'm only 30 and I was still taught to check over my shoulder. My wife doesn't and it worries me to death.
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:59 PM
miu
 
Location: MA/NH
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I check over my shoulder, in addition my cars have an additional 'blindspot mirror' attached to the windshield glass plus I have one of those clip on curved rear view mirrors from Brookstone.
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Thanks, folks! Wasn't sure if something had changed.

Was recently listening to a 20-something-year-old male driver talking about space between cars while driving. I use car lengths (which he had not heard of) while he "counts seconds" (which I had not heard of); however, both could have been covered in driving class, but maybe we picked the one we were most comfy with.

In any event, things change, and I wasn't sure if "looking over your shoulder" was a thing of the past. I see that it is not. Again, thanks!
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:56 AM
tcb
 
Location: Michigan
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I look over my shoulder, check my mirrors, check my blind spot mirror and look over my should again before getting over, I do this fairly quickly.
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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NEVER NEVER NEVER trust a mirror
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