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Date Posted: 10:39:07 01/04/18 Thu
Author: Haltom City Police Department
Subject: Help others everyday

There are two factors that we attribute to most of them that we will discuss today. Get your popcorn!

Fail to control speed. This doesn't necessarily mean you were driving above the posted speed limit, but that you were driving beyond your capabilities, the vehicle's mechanical capabilities, or the road surface properties. Hopefully, we drive slower on wet or icy roads even though the posted speed limit stays the same. Slowing down increases your reactionary gap, reduces the distance to stop your vehicle, and increases your survival odds in a collision.

Following too closely. This is the big one. If you ran into the back of someone...you were following too closely. They hit their brakes, you had no time to react, you never saw it, they swerved to avoid an obstacle and you had no time to maneuver....because you were too close.

Today when you drive...see how long it takes from the time the vehicle you are following passes a point on the road until you cross the same point. As soon as they pass a road sign, start counting. If you reach that same point without hitting 3 Mississippi.....you were way too close to react to an emergency at highway speeds.

Share with your friends to remind them to be safe, with your teens that are still learning the ways of the road, and with those you thought of while reading this!

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