A couple of years ago I fell on the basement stairs and broke my right ankle. I had to wear a special strap on boot cast for six weeks while it healed. Within a matter of days, I had to stand up on crutches to give my daughter away at her wedding.
My doctor vehemently ordered me not to drive. The bulky boot cast would have been in the way. I could get around at work all right with crutches but no driving. The cast made my driving more dangerous than usual.
My brother in law agreed to be my driver for the six weeks in exchange for weekends off, some money and the adventure. He was a professional driver having driven taxicabs and heavy trucks during his career.
I know that I am a much safer driver thanks to observing Lloyd as he chauffeured me around.
As example, he almost never made a left turn. He quickly learned the roads around where I was working and planned his route to avoid left turns. He picked routes through parts of town I had never seen before, that had the fewest stops and no left turns.
He drove plenty fast on the highway, always going with the flow but keeping well back from the vehicle in front. That gave him time to coast when traffic slowed rather than using the brakes.
He drove much slower in traffic. By leaving as much room ahead, as possible, he could keep his foot off the brake. He made getting green traffic lights a game, slowly coasting up to red ones giving them time to turn green.
Lloyd would stop a car length before the white line at red lights to leave plenty of room for any big rigs to turn left in front of him. He was a very smooth driver.
When Lloyd drove my car, the miles per gallon went up about 25%.
Cancer took him soon after our time together. I am thankful that I got those lessons in good driving from a real pro. Better driving is not only safer it saves fuel dollars too.
To save fuel, keep your foot off the brake by using a light foot on the accelerator and leaving room to coast.
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