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Driving: Tips and Thoughts

Post from May 11, 2011 (↻ June 10, 2021), filed under .

It’s time for a helpful, heart-warming, loving post about driving. I’m still German after all.

At the end of the day, be safe, please.

For the longest time I had this post sitting in my drafts. Now I was like, “duh, just get it out.” So much for thorough proofreading and not hurting anyone’s feelings.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead—currently manager for Developer Experience at LivePerson—and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

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  1. On May 11, 2011, 20:42 CEST, Gunnar Bittersmann said:

    Hm, I’m not so sure about pressure-sensitive brake lights. However, on my wish list, there’s an additional switch to turn the brake lights on without actually hitting the break – in case the guy behind you does not keep the safety margin 😉

  2. On May 15, 2011, 3:38 CEST, Heather said:

    Wow, great post! I completely agree about the safety margin. When I am a passenger and the driver doesn’t keep a safety margin, I feel so unsafe and I’m constantly on edge - but I feel bad speaking up about it because I don’t want to insult them. 😔

    I also love your point about getting off the gas as a means of slowing down! So many people just break constantly and it drives me mad.

    I love the idea of pressure-sensitive brake lights. I hope we start seeing those around! I haven’t seen the BMW yet. I’ll keep my eyes out for it.

  3. On May 18, 2011, 2:25 CEST, Steffen said:

    I like the idea of right tilted highways (>45°, the more the better).
    It automatically keeps drivers from the left side when you’re not allowed to pass on the right.
    Not sure if this could have a negative impact in other situations (including hard braking) 😊

  4. On May 22, 2011, 11:04 CEST, Tony Stanger said:

    I think that this is a great list of thoughts. I would like to add one of my own: Do not take bad or strange driving personally. It often seems that some kind of agressive driving is a direct response to the traffic in general or a single driver. For safety driving there is nothing worse to react emotionally in a bad way (honking, fast passing, lighting up). It does not help the fearfull or unexperienced driver and just causes dangerous situations. Even though it can be very exhausting to keep emotions down driving should be seen as something rational.

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