I don’t know how long cold and ice and snow are gonna last down south but if you gotta drive in it: Keep cat litter and a shovel in your car. If you get stuck you want to be able to dig your car out and then put cat litter under the tires for traction. But in a pinch if you don’t have them, if you have removable floor mats in your car put those under your tires because you’ll have a better chance getting traction to drive out on those. Also don’t just dig out your tires, dig out a wide path for your car to back out because you’re likely not going to perfectly follow your tracks out and it’s the worst getting 2 inches at a time.

Also, keep a blanket in your car. As someone who’s waited for a tow for an hour in 30 degree weather you’re gonna want one if you have to wait.

Ugh mobile nerfed me

I was looking through reblogs on a post to see if someone corrected some misinformation I noticed then I clicked out and got dragged to the top of my dash -_- so I'm just going to say it here


DO keep your hands on the wheel

DO take your foot off the gas

DO NOT touch the brake pedal

DO NOT oversteer/course correct

The trick is to keep your front tires pointed in the direction you want to go. Braking or accelerating will make you slide more so just coast until you get traction again or come to a stop. Please do not let go of the steering wheel. You will end up in the ditch or in oncoming traffic if you don't try to keep the car under control.

This has been a friendly midwestern psa

Driving Tips & Reminders

It seems that some people don’t actually know HOW to drive properly before they get their license and start making a mess of the road. So for people who drive (or plan on it) here’s some way too mistakes that I see way too often, and also some tips as well.

  1. if you’re at a light, and it’s red, but there is no sign that says ‘no turn on red’ and you are turning right, YOU CAN TURN. as long as you yield to all other oncoming traffic, you can turn right at a red light, unless there’s a sign saying you can’t (or some other reason like police / construction). but I am sick of being stuck behind people at red lights that intend to turn right but don’t?? if there isn’t a sign that says you can’t... TURN.
  2. if you’re at an intersection and wanting to turn in either direction, and there’s a green light (green light, not arrow), you can still pull up to the middle of the intersection and turn when you have an opening. this is not illegal, as the other side can’t go yet since they have a red light, and if you aren’t able to turn when your light turns yellow or red, the opposing traffic will have to wait until you do make your turn before they can go (but there’s like a 1-2 lapse between your light turning red and the other traffic’s turning green, so you have a window before then anyway, unless some idiot is trying to rush the red light on from the side you’re facing).
  3. unless you are passing someone or planning on making a left turn, STAY OUT OF THE FAST / PASSING LANE (aka the left lane). this is specifically the lane for people who are passing cars in the right lane, and for people making left turns or getting in the next lane if there’s more than 2 lanes. if I have to go into the SLOW LANE (the right lane which is where regular non-passing traffic goes) to get around you, and you’re not PASSING anyone, that is ridiculous and annoying. (and illegal.)
  4. maintain a reasonable distance from the car in front of you. 1 car length for every 10 mph you’re going, on DRY roads / clear weather. Double that for larger or hazardous vehicles (buses, construction vehicles, tractor trailers, tow trucks, etc), and for rain / wet roads; triple it for moderate to heavy snowfall. I cannot tell you how many people love to kiss my ass, and not in the fun way. this is called tailing, and is not only ILLEGAL, but very fucking dangerous. also it’s incredibly rude.
  5. also maintain a reasonable distance when stopping behind vehicles. if I can’t see your lights (whether they’re on or not) in my rearview mirror, YOU ARE TOO CLOSE. my driving instructor suggested to line up the bottom of the other car’s tires (the one in front of you, where their tires meet the pavement) with the bottom of your windshield or hood. this is about 6-8 feet or so (I haven’t measured) and a good distance-- if you’re on flat terrain. if you’re uphill or downhill, increase it.
  6. don’t ride your brakes going downhill. this wears them out much quicker then pumping the brakes (putting your foot on the brake then taking it off, repeat). riding the brakes means you constantly have your foot down on the brake while you’re going downhill at a relatively high speed.
  7. It’s called a STOP SIGN for a reason, folks. not a yield sign, not a ‘only stop if I see someone else isn’t coming’ sign, not a ‘rush through it to get in front of oncoming traffic’ sign. It means STOP. Full complete stop, where you can hear the brakes and feel the car jerk slightly, and you are no longer in motion. I don’t care if it’s 3 am and there’s literally no one else in sight-- you fucking stop at a stop sign.
  8. Only use your high beams outside of large residential or populated areas where there aren’t many or any street lights, and don’t use them if you can see another vehicle fairly close in front of you. If there is another car coming in the other lane, turn them off until they pass. High beams make it extremely difficult to see the road when they’re blinding you in the face (and they also reflect in rear view mirrors and distract drivers in front of you), so don’t use them unless you need to and there’s no one else around (except if only cars are behind you.)
  9. USE YOUR GODDAMN TURN SIGNALS. THEY EXIST FOR A REASON. Just like stop signs, these aren’t negotiable. If you are making a turn, changing lanes, pulling out, whatever-- use your turn signal to indicate you want to move in any direction besides FORWARD.
  10. Check your blind spots before you change lanes or pull out. Your blind spots are the areas where none of your mirrors (the rear view mirror and your two side mirrors) show, so you have to look through the secondary smaller windows (which I’m pretty sure most if not all cars have?) And don’t tint those -- it will make it a bitch to see, and believe me, you NEED to see out of them, or you will end up hitting someone / someone hitting you.
  11. Flash your lights when you want to indicate to someone they can pull in front of you, turn, etc-- basically use them to give your right of way to someone else. You can do so by pulling your left turn signal forward (towards you)-- it briefly turns your high beams on for as long as it’s held. Just pull it twice in quick succession and people should get the hint.
  12. If you’re coming to a stop, and there is an entrance / exit, a driveway or another road on your side, DON’T BLOCK IT. stop before it, if there isn’t enough room to fit your car behind the one in front of you without getting your back end in the way. You never know who might want to pull into or out of this road, and you’ll be holding up traffic if someone has to wait in the other lane to turn and everyone else has to wait behind them because you didn’t leave an opening and could have.
  13. Give people 5-10 seconds after a light turns green before you actually beep at them to move. Some people don’t have as quick reaction time, some are distracted (which is unsafe but, at least they’re not moving), and some just lose track of time and don’t see it. I appreciate polite reminders that ‘hey, the light’s green, let’s go’ when I’m actually there longer than I should be. But if it’s literally been 3 seconds after the light turns and someone beeps at me? That’s just being impatient and rude.
  14. Drive defensively, NOT aggressively. The road belongs to the state / government, not to you, so don’t treat it like it does. Be courteous, let people through if you can, and COMMUNICATE.
  15. I VERY HIGHLY suggest going through Driver’s Ed and getting a driving instructor. It is well worth your money and time, and you WILL be a better driver for it, whether you’ve never driven in your life, or you’ve been driving for decades. Whatever you think you know about driving, believe me-- it will teach you something you didn’t know. Also anyone who goes through Driver’s Ed gets a certificate proving such, and pretty much all car insurances offer a discount to people who have completed the courses.

Driving tips from someone who learned a lot by making mistakes

  1. Keep yourself grounded. In traffic, things happen in the blink of an eye, and if you’re not paying attention you may not react on time. If you’re like me and you get easily distracted with your own thoughts, come up with strategies to remain focused. Turning the radio on works for me, because I pay attention to the song just enough so I won’t get caught up in my own world.
  2. Double check. Even if you have just done it, check the parking break again before you start the car. If you drive without releasing it not only you’re gonna ruin it, but you also risk setting your tires (and your car) on fire. I guess I don’t have to tell you how dangerous this is.
  3. Don’t keep things inside your vehicle.It attracts potential robbers and may get your window broken and your stuff stolen. Put your stuff on the truck or underneath the seats, where it can’t be seen from the outside. Even if it’s not something valuable - you can’t really tell what it is from the outside.
  4. Signal. Freaking signal. This is not a pet peeve, this is a real issue. The driver behind you doesn’t know you’re gonna slow down to take a turn or to stop, just like the driver beside doesn’t know you’re gonna change lanes. If you don’t signal, the chances of getting hit by someone are bigger. Not to mention you’re kind of an asshole.
  5. Parking lots are the best place to train your maneuvers.
  6. Parallel park every chance you get. Most of the parking spots available require parallel parking, and if you don’t do it often you’ll forget how to do it and it’s gonna suck. If you, like me, are afraid people will make fun of you or you’re gonna stop traffic, try the parking lots. Also, parallel parking on the left side is more common than it should be (at least here in Brazil). It’s a lot more complicated and a pain in the ass, but it’s worth learning.
  7. Before changing lanes, check the one next to the lane you’re going to, too. That sounds a little confusing. What I mean is: if you’re on the first lane from left to right and you’re gonna change to the second lane, check the third one too before going. There is a chance that a car on the third lane might be changing to the second lane at the same time as you.
  8. Not sure if you can back up more without hitting the wall? Turn your car’s lights on and use them as reference.
  9. If you’re driving a manual car, make sure to know what’s the best gear for each speed. Of course, it depends on a lot of things, but there’s a general correspondence. For my car, for instance, I use 1st gear for 10km/h, 2nd for 20-40km/h, 3rd for 40-60km/h, 4th for 60-80km/h and 5th for everything above.
  10. There are three kinds of drivers who make traffic slower: the one who is not on the lane they’re supposed to be (like the guy who needs to turn left and is on the right lane), the one who blocks the intersection, and the one who drives slowly for lack of confidence or not knowing the way. The last one is forgivable, but try not to be one of the first two.
  11. Again: signal.
  12. I can’t stress this enough: double check your parking brake. I’ve set my tire on fire and that was the worst experience of my life.
Anonymous asked:

i'm thinking about getting my driver's license, but i've always been afraid of driving. since fear of driving seems to be something that neurotypicals also face, it's fairly difficult to find some good information for nd people. do you or others, by any chance, have some experiences with or tips for learning to drive?

anon, you have come to the right person! i’m nd af and just got my license last month! so when i first started driving i was really scared too (actually im still terrified of driving tbh lmao) but i learned how to drive doing these things:

  • find someone to teach you that you’re comfortable with whether that’s your parent or sibling or friend that’s eligible to teach you, you’re gonna want to try to remove all the extra anxiety you can from your car so you can focus on driving! if you’re comfortable with your teacher and they’re on the laid-back side it’ll make a world of difference
  • start small in an area with as few other cars as possible if you can find a big empty parking lot it can really help to start there so you can get used to working the car and parking and stuff. then when you’re comfortable driving the car itself, start driving on the most underpopulated roads you can find and then gradually work your way up to more populated and busy areas as you get more comfortable. if you’re near the countryside, country back-roads with no other cars around really helped me but if you’re in the city you could try driving around neighborhoods
  • practice practice practice whenever you’re able to! it really will make you a better driver and it will help you become less afraid. i’ve noticed that the longer i go without driving the more scared i get, but when i drive often it gets less scary
  • don’t let the assholes get you down there are a lot of jerks on the road when you’re driving sometimes and as an avpd person that can be really hard, just try not to focus on them and get away from them as soon as you’re able
  • remember that you’re not going to be an expert at first and you’re going to make mistakes that’s totally normal and ok, it takes time to learn to drive. i’ve actually been driving for four years but i didn’t feel comfortable enough to get my license until last month..just try to drive responsibly so you don’t put yourself or someone else in danger and if you’re having a bad mental health day and/or having a lot of emotions and distractions don’t drive that day.

ALSO if there are any driver’s ed classes or anything like that available to you, i’d highly recommend it. i wasn’t able to take one but my friends did and it made them really good drivers in a pretty short amount of time but you’ll still be fine if you’re unable to take one.

well that’s pretty much all i can think of at the moment, i hope this can help you! followers do you have any other tips you wanna share??

Winter Weather Driving Tips

From your local weirdo that went out to the store right after the first snowstorm.

First things first, these are tips, not really rules.  I highly suggest taking them to heart, but some of this might not work out for you or your vehicle.

Both Hands on the Wheel - Ignore the temptation to skip that song, or switch the radio.  Your hands should leave that wheel as little as possible.  Now, important things like switching what direction your heat is blowing, or activating 4w drive are different.  Also, try to stay relaxed- your mind and body react faster if you aren’t all tensed up.

Stay on the Main Roads - The plows will regularly return to those, as they are where the most traffic goes through.  Side roads and back roads will have less frequent passes done.  There are only so many plows in the city/county, and they can’t be everywhere at once.  Don’t count on them plowing all the roads until at least half a day after the snow has stopped.  Maybe more.

Give the Speed Limit the (Metaphorical) Middle Finger - If you don’t feel safe going 55 on a snowy road, then don’t.  Your safety is much more important than the impatience of other drivers.  And honestly?  A lot of them will agree with you.  Slam on that 4w drive if you have it.  It might eat up more gas, but you will have much more control on bad roads.

If You Fishtail, Do Like Lightning McQueen - Fishtailing is where your back end slides to the sides, and a lot of people panic when that happens.  Do not hit the brake!  That is a sure way to lose all control of your vehicle.  Let off the gas, and turn your wheel in the direction your tail end is sliding towards.  Your car will even out after a few moments.  This is because your front tires will stay straight on the road, making sure you don’t actually veer side to side as much as you might if you don’t do this.  A fishtail can easily turn into a spin-out if you panic.

Watch for Black Ice - The roads will look wet in areas, but do not assume that’s what it actually is.  Black ice looks nearly identical to a wet road.  The above about fishtailing will help you deal with hitting it, but black ice is the wildcard of winter driving.

Turn Off Your Brights in a Whiteout - The hi-beams will only blind you with the copious amount of snow in the air, and you won’t be able to see beyond ten feet.  Keep your lo-beams on, they are directed down more, and will light up the road instead of the blowing/falling snow.

Just be Careful - It sounds really vague, and should already be a major part of driving, but it bears repeating anyway.  Try not to have any distractions, pay attention to what’s ahead of and behind you, and keep an eye out for things that will suddenly go into the road.

Anonymous asked:

Any driving tips for an anxious autistic? I find it really hard to focus on everything

Driving can be really tough. There is so much sensory input and so much to focus on that it can be a real challenge. If you’re not able to drive, that is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s good to know your limits. If you are able to drive but are struggling, here are some things that may help:

  • Sunglasses- the sensory input of all the light when your driving can make things very difficult. Sunglasses can cut down on this to make it easier to see and easier to process what’s going on
  • Music- this varies a lot from person to person. Personally, I am able to focus better when listening to music. This may not be the case for everyone. If it distracts you, then please don’t listen to music, but if it calms you or helps you focus, definitely put on some tunes. If it’s the words that are distracting, find some nice instrumental pieces to listen to while driving or listen to music that is very familiar to you.
  • A small stim toy- if you have a small, non-distracting stim toy, keep it with you while you’re driving. You can use it at red lights and stop signs to help yourself calm down. If you’re comfortable with it, you can also drive with one hand and stim with the other though I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re a new driver.  
  • Practice, practice, practice- driving becomes easier the more experience you have. Find a quiet neighborhood or parking lot to drive around in just to practice. Spend time just focusing on driving rather than getting somewhere. The more you practice, the easier you will find driving. 
  • Keep distractions at a minimum- cut down on distractions in your car. Is there something that diverts your eyes from the road? Get it out of your car. Do what you can to make your car a non-distracting calm place
  • Air fresheners- if you stim by scent, get a good smelling air freshener for your car. If you pick a scent that is pleasing to you, this can be very calming. 

Followers, does anyone have any other suggestions?


Driving on ice/snow

Texans are notorious for being bad at driving in this kind of weather, and it's completely understandable, it's not like we have practice. So keep a couple of tips in mind if you have to venture out!

  • Drive slower than you think you have to if the pavement is wet. If there are shiny patches, they could be black ice. If you hit them at speed, you'll be completely out of control.
  • If you start to slide, take your foot off the gas and don't brake. Turn your wheels in the direction of your slide, DON'T PANIC, and when you feel the tires grip again, gently correct your course.
  • Bridges are made of metal. They're going to be icy even when the roads seem clear. Slow down and be careful crossing them. Again, don't accelerate or brake suddenly when you go over one. If you slide, keep your hands on the wheel and foot off the pedals. Keep your turns slow and shallow.
  • Everyone would rather you be a slowpoke than get yourself or someone else killed. Don't try to get anywhere quickly. Pay attention to the road and what those around you are doing at all times. Brake for stoplights WELL before you normally would need to in case of ice - no one wants you sliding right into the intersection. (It's happened to me, and I'm lucky it was just embarrassing and not deadly.)
  • Don’t use your cruise control!! If you hit ice, the wheels will spin more rapidly trying to maintain your speed, which is obviously a Very Bad Thing
  • When you brake, pump them lightly, do NOT stomp on them. That can make them lock up—even antilock brakes are prone to this. I know it’s terrifying to be sliding and want to just slam on the brakes as hard as you can, but fight that instinct and pump them rapidly instead. I promise it’s much safer!

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it might be helpful to those of you who do have to leave the house right now. Just remember to go slow, don't panic, and stay aware of your surroundings!

me: a canadian who has survived many canadian winters

this is a warning to people in the states who are experiencing their first “real” winters ever

  • you are not used to driving on icy roads. it’s not the same as just driving on some icy patches. driving on a completely iced out road is DANGEROUS 
  • there is a possibility that there will be a white out and you literally can not see the road.
  • your windshield/wipers/fluid is probably not prepared to be able to defrost and un-ice the windshield. we are actually required to have fluid because you can get your windshield frozen over and you’re essentially fucked
  • you DO NOT HAVE WINTER TIRES. we usually have to change to winter tires for half of the year. and you will probably not be able to change to winter tires. and even if you are; do you know how to drive with winter tires? yes! they do feel different!

are you going to drive anyways?

  • do you have a ice scraper with you? there’s a possibility that once you are done with your task outside, your windshield is already frozen over again
  • do you have a shovel? yes sometimes you will get snowed in very little time.
  • do you have emergency water and supplies?
  • do you know how to jump your car?
  • do you know what to do if your key gets stuck in your car door and it breaks?
  • is what you’re doing really worth it?

be safe, stay inside 

literally nobody asked but here's sone tips for driving

A Disclaimer:

I got my permit and license in Oregon. What I say here might not be entirely 100% applicable in other states and especially other countries, so make sure to read up on the driving laws for your particular region! Driver's manuals are usually free and can be found in pdf format, to my knowledge.


  • Make your first drive in an empty parking lot. School parking lots are ideal for this, as they're usually fairly spacious, accessible, and mostly empty on weekends.
  • Neighborhoods with wider streets are also a good for beginners as there's relatively little traffic and usually have a good variety of routes to take.
  • Pay attention to the road while you're a passenger, it'll teach you the more major roads in your area once you're ready to take them on!


  • In larger lots, the ideal situation is to be able to pull in (go forward into) a parking spot and then drive through an occupied spot to get to the other side of your row of parking. This way, you never have to shift into reverse while parking.
  • When pulling into a spot, drive on the opposite side of the lane of the spot and turn *real* sharp towards it when the mirror on that side roughly lines up with the parking line.
  • If you can't pull through, it's safer to back into a spot so you can pull out without having to reverse out and increase your isk of hitting something. Sadly, I don't have any tips fo this, so practice in that emptry school parking lot from before!
  • Smaller lots are usually safe enough to pull in and back out of a spot.
  • When pulling forward out of a spot woth cars on either side, wait until the back doors at least are completely clear of the cars on both sides of you. The same goes with backing out of a spot, but instead of going by the back seats, wait until your body is clear. Why, you ask?
  • There's some tips for parallel parking in Driver's Ed- which I encourage taking if at all possible, it's not that bad I promise- that I don't entirely remember, but it went something like this: Line up with a parked car a few feet away and reverse at an angle, then straighten out until you've aligned with the curb. Follow the same rules as a regular parkin space to judge when to turn.


  • I don't know about other places but in Oregon you can turn right on a red light, as long as you stop before turning and yield to oncoming traffic. Use this to your advantage.
  • If you're about to enter an intersection and the light turns yellow, just keep going. You're supposed to make every reasonable effort to stop, and giving yoursef whiplash and stopping halfway in the intersection is not reasonable.
  • Speaking of stopping in intersections, don't. Even if the light is green, don't go until there's enough room on the other side of the intersection to fit your car because I can personally tell you that being stopped in an intersection is THE Most Terrifying Thing.
  • If you see a flashing arrow, treat it like a red light in a right turn lane. You CAN turn here, but you have to wait for oncoming traffic.


  • Try to avoid driving in rush hour traffic until you're more experienced. Just trust me on that.
  • Signage trumps all other laws. If the sign says "You can't turn right on red here, motherfucker!" that means you can't turn right on red there and you're also a motherfucker. Follow signage.
  • Sometimes you'll encounter a yellow-orange sign with a number on it. That's the advisory speed. My general rule of thumb is that you can start by going 5 mph over it (which shouldn't ever put you above the speed limit) in perfect conditions, and take away 5 mph from that for every bad condition on the road until you meet it.
  • Bad conditions include but are not limited to: Rain, night, obstructed visibility around curves (like trees, buildings, and hills), tight curves in general, and fog. For is worth double. Ice/snow isn't worth trying to drive in without chains.
  • Try to memorize a route before you leave, especially if you're driving somewhere new.
  • My Driver's Ed instructor once gave me a piece of sage wisdom: "If you tink you MIGHT need to use your signaln use it." So use it.


  • Highway driving is the scariest type of driving, but remember that it's also the simplest. For the most part, it's literally just staying in your lane, but there are a few things you need to do.
  • First, you need to get on the highway. While on the on-ramp, hit the gas until you're up to highway speed and look for an opening to change lanes into the highway proper.
  • Speaking of lane changes, this is just about the only time you need to worry about something in your blind spot. Usually you should have pretty good visibility approaching a highway, but it's good to physically turn and look behind you before you change lanes. Make sure to use your signal when changing lanes.
  • You'll also usually need to change lanes to get off the highway. Same principles apply, only it's more likely you'll need to check your blind spot. Slow down to the speed the off-ramp tells you.
  • There's this funky thing called, I Shit You Not, velocitation where after you've been driving fast for a while you want to keep driving fast and disregard the speed limit. Hell, it happens even switching to neighborhood roads. Watch your speed in both circumstances.


  • Driving is anxiety-inducing for the first while, I know. I cried at the orientation for Driver's Ed, and I almost never cry. Here's some tips for that.
  • If you're worried about the permit test or the written driver's test, they're both piss easy. I can't speak for the driving part of the driver's test because I never took it.
  • Taking Driver's Ed is a huge help. There's still anxiety in there, of course, but it's in a controlled scenario and it gives you a good excuse to leave your comfort zone. Plus, at least for me, I didn't need to take the driving portion of my license test because I passed Driver's Ed!
  • If that's not an option, think of it like a video game. You're not great yet, but that's because you're just learning the controls. And once you've got the controls down, you start to learn strategyn and it gets easier and easier!
  • Also, I'd recommend leaving your phone at home during the earlier practice runs and silencing it whenever you're driving. It's one less thing to worry about distracting you, and I found it was a huge help.
  • Start small. Drive on little half-hour loops, start driving for small errands, drive to/from school/work, it all adds up.


  • Don't tailgate. Ideally you want to put four seconds between you and who you're following (which you can count by starting a count from when they pass an object and stop when you pass it)
  • On the subject, if you'rd following a big semi truck or a bus or something like that, make sure you can see their mirrors! that ensures both a safe following distance and also keeps you Safe from plowing straight into its dummy thicc vehicular ass
  • You've seen that one post that's just full of memes about shitty BMW drivers? Yeah that's real and that applies to most luxury cars, ESPECIALLY of the sports variety.
  • Notable exception to this, at least in my experience: Teslas. I don't know why Tesla drivers are more cautious than most luxury car drivers but I'm guessing it's because of the snobby culture around them that makes people not want anyone to touch their Shiny Expensive Tesla or else they'll call Elon Musk himself to smite you
  • Honestly there's a flavor of driver for every type of car out there. I've personally found that SUVs are the worst tailgatersand sedans tend to pull out at the worst times.
  • Adjust your side mirrors so you can only barely see your own car in the reflection andtry to center your rear-view mirror as much as possible. Also, adjust the seat to what's most comfortable but give yourself at least 16 iches between the steering wheel or your face. There's an airbag there, and in the extremely unlikely circumstance you get in an accident, it Will likely kill you if you're any closer.
  • It's not required, but it's safest to keep your headlights on whenever you're driving. Even in daylight, it attracts more attention to your car so other drivers can see you coming!
  • That being said, never turn on your brights. Unless you're out driving at night in the fuckin' boonies you'll never need them, and they can actually create worse visibility than regular headlights in fog.
now go and drive fucker! you've got this!

(P.S. feel free to add any other tips onto this!!!)