One of many smartest and simplest defensive driving concepts a driver can know is “The Bubble.” It describes the room throughout your vehicle where you have room to maneuver. It is so simple and yet many drivers are unacquainted with the power of the Bubble. If you or someone you realize is shopping for a driving school for his or her teen, a good question to ask before signing up is, “Does this driving school teach the Bubble? “.
A member of a prestigious social club once arrived late for a meeting, distraught because someone had rear-ended her car once again and she couldn’t understand just why this kept happening to her. Conversation with her sympathetic friends soon revealed to everyone but her that she had been tailgating. When the automobile in front of her stopped abruptly she slammed on her behalf brakes and stopped too.
She stated that the fact she didn’t hit the automobile she was following was proof that she had not been following too closely. However, what the woman didn’t realize was that when she applied her brakes and stopped quickly she didn’t allow the automobile behind her sufficient time to prevent hitting her a course in miracles. She didn’t realize that the room facing her may have saved her rear.
The best place you may be on a freeway is where you can find no cars immediately in front of you and no cars to either side and no one which you will see in your correctly-adjusted rear and side view mirrors.
Unfortunately your efforts to keep open space on all sides of yourself is going to be foiled as cars behind you catch up and pass you, desperate to obtain as close as they could to the blaze of brake lights up ahead before they stop or are stopped.
However, knowing about the Bubble involves more than simply keeping open space around you whenever it’s convenient. It also means being alert to whatever space there is. It means checking behind and to the sides frequently and being alert to what other drivers are doing.
When a car approaches rapidly from behind, what do you consider the driver’s intentions are? Does he have room to go around you? If a car in the lane to your right is hurtling forward at a speed much faster compared to the truck in front of it’s moving, what will happen next? If you will see that the driver of the automobile will hit the truck unless he changes lanes and the sole place for him to go is facing you, what would you do? As is indeed the answer, the best thing for you really to do is slow down and ensure the reckless driver has a space big enough to go into.
Of course you don’t want to. You’d much rather begin to see the jerk get what’s coming to him. But, since that could necessarily involve your safety and that of others you demonstrate what an alert, well-trained driver you are and prevent a collision. You then have the satisfaction of thinking how fortunate the other driver was he pulled that stunt facing you and not someone with a death wish. And then you definitely silently ask that other driver, “Why didn’t your driving school teach the Bubble? “.