I have a great test drive route on my way to the barn (for my ongoing horseback lessons) that allows me an hour of round-trip time with each client’s car before it departs for a new home. It’s a luxury to test each car in a variety of conditions, and to put some miles on the car and catch any punch list items before we load each car on a truck for its new home.
While driving “Bluey” on this route this week, I had some time to ponder the importance of Bugeye lane positioning for overall safety, and it prompted me to shoot a video on the subject. Where you position your car on a two lane road can improve your chances of being seen, and thus improve your safety. On a two lane high-speed road such as the one featured in the video below, understanding this concept can make a big difference.
Of course, you never want to get too close to oncoming traffic, but staying a little higher in your lane up on the crown of the roadway can make you “taller” and also help you to see around the perhaps larger vehicle in front of you, while simultaneously helping oncoming traffic better see your approaching daytime running lights. We hope this video will help keep the fleet safe, and this is actually useful advice for any driver of any vehicle.
The photos above make the distinction between the two lane positions pretty clear. Sticking closer to the center helps you see further and be seen better, while riding the white can make your field of vision shrink significantly.
By the way, we strongly recommend upgrading your lights to LEDs, and also getting in the habit of leaving your park/side lights on all the time while driving your Bugeye. They drain very little amperage and can dramatically increase the visibility of your vehicle. Think about a motorcycle driving toward you with no headlights illuminated… it’s far easier to see the headlight coming towards you. Daytime running lights are an important safety tool to help you stay safe.
Each year, it seems there are more and more distractions for drivers of modern cars, so all of us classic car lovers need to keep practicing safe driving skills to ensure millions of safe miles ahead.
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