A more accurate title would have been "ideas concerning driving".
These include fun things to do while driving,
innovative ideas for the
automotive industry and useful safety tips.
This section has nothing to do with ideas that drive or motivate
(myself among them), nor with the driving or carrying forth of ideas
Please let me know what you think, tell me about interesting ideas
of your own and feel free to pass this information along.
My email address is the.ngneer rat gmail.com
Fun things to do while
Driving has become an indelible part of everyday life.
That doesn't mean it has to be boring, repetitive or stressful.
- Blow soap bubbles. I keep a small canister of soap mixture and
blow bubbles at nearby cars and passers-by. It really helps when
you're stuck in traffic, and it never fails to attract smiles from
grown-ups and children alike. It always makes me smile, too.
- Note: bubbles can leave (an easily removable) residue.
- Note: obviously only do this when you are fully stopped.
(otherwise you'll spill soap mixture all over yourself ;))
- Occasionally go around a roundabout (traffic circle) more than
Not only can it cause the person sitting next to you to
but it's also a lot of fun. When utterly alone, I sometimes go around
or six times or more. This is empowerment - unlike any other stretch
road, you *never* have to stop and you *always* have the right of way.
- Note: be very careful not to get dizzy.
- Look at license plates and find interesting patterns. I guess this
fall under the category of road trip games, which include word
counting car colors and finding US states (or EU countries) license
- For alpha-numerical plates, it's all about finding funny
- For numerical plates, finding palindromes (numbers that
read the same in both directions) can be very gratifying.
Things that would be
nice to see.
- A different signal or signaling pattern for signifying a U-Turn.
- A more communicative version of horn bells / honking / dimming
- Your lights are turned off.
- Your lights are malfunctioning.
- Careful, you're still in reverse gear.
- Could you move a little, please, you're in my way to turn?
- There's some serious danger - look out for the [danger]!!!
- And maybe for less usual circumstances I've found myself in
(requiring the good Samaritans to open a window and shout):
- You left your spare keys in the trunk door.
- You have a flat tire - how did you not notice?
- A mechanism that detects the accumulation of carbon dioxide
inside the cabin and cracks open a window for children who get
trapped inside. Should be combined with a heat sensor to allow
for reduction of extreme temperatures as well.
- As far as I can tell, this will not compromise security. As a
car thief, you would need to find a way to inject CO2 into the
cabin, but even then it will only afford you a crack, which you
didn't even need in the first place, did you?
- Come to think of it, cracking a window is just the simplest
implementation, and would be harder to achieve in a car with
manually operated windows. I suppose you could activate a fan
that will let air in and cool the temperature down at the same
Things I would personally like to see.
- Unnecessary horn abuse makes everybody more prone to error.
- Never place intersecting roads' signposts at the same height!
This is how it's done around here, and it's very frustrating.
You are never able to tell which street you are crossing.
You can only see the name of the street you are on.
Useful safety tips (for those who
These nontrivial tips reflect my experience as a driver in a hostile
environment. "Hostile" refers to an error-intolerant, less-than-forgiving
infrastructure and to inconsiderate driving habits. I've also taken
hands-on (or is it feet-down? ;-) advanced road safety courses.
- When braking in an emergency situation, brake the hardest you
can. This applies even if you don't have an ABS system (in which case
should brake intermittently). Let's say you're headed straight for a
- You don't want to reach it and realize you didn't brake hard
- The person behind you will have to brake as hard as you no
what. Braking gradually will not make any difference to him/her,
they're just going to brake gradually too, and if they didn't keep
distance they're going to hit you either way.
- Adjust your side mirrors to the point where you can barely glimpse
sides of your car. This way,
you'll be able to see much more when you're
changing lanes and driving. The sides of your car will always be there,
you don't need to be looking at them all the time. You get used to this
fairly quickly and you can't realize how you've managed without it.
- When parking, just tilt your head a little if you feel you need
- Whenever you find yourself with two wheels on the asphalt and two
in the dirt, it's important to NOT panic. This can happen if you fall
asleep for a
moment or if someone forces you off your lane. You should NEVER slam
brakes in this situation, because the differing friction will cause
to swerve back onto the road, where it might be hit by another passing
- You can continue driving in this condition indefinitely, so don't
- When it's safe to return to the road, make sure you slow down
gradually, and come back at an angle of no less than 45
This will ensure both front wheels are on the road before the
wheels are, and won't cause any instability like I mentioned
- Remember your hand/foot brake when the regular brakes don't work.
It's easy to write about, but you have to have fairly good reflexes
realize what's happening in time. A friend of mine saved us once
that way, and I really admire him for thinking on his feet like
- Take a hands-on road safety course. The kind where they make
you face real situations in your own car. It's never the same just
reading about it, and it contributes a lot to your confidence. They
have them for companies, too, which makes for a nice outing.