There needs to be more Space Managers on the road. Who are space managers and what do they do? A Space Manager is a driver that keeps their vehicle moving as much as possible as fast as possible. They manage open space by moving a few mph faster or slower than the cars in front of them to keep moving. It is a rare occasion when they have to slam on the brakes, make abrupt lane changes, block 2 lanes of traffic, cross 3 lanes of traffic in a quarter mile to exit the freeway, have to forcibly merge from a on-ramp or merging lane, slow down to look at an accident on the side of the road, or come to a complete stop. Space managers work to remove braking & stopping to save time. They eliminate the 2.5 seconds per stopped vehicle and give time for traffic jams to clear. They are aware of the traffic conditions and know what is going to happen around them and a head of them. They adjust their vehicles speed to get to their destination as fast as possible with plenty of space, and are quite happy driving in their car.
There very few drivers with optimal speed in mind. When we are driving, we want to get to the destination on time, beat the traffic, get home to relax, get to the meeting, etc... I can completely understand. Here are some questions to see if you qualify to be a Space Manager.
1) How many times do you stop on the freeway during “Rush Hour?
2) How much space do you leave between you and the car in front of you?
3) Is it your goal to keep moving with open space?
4) Do you block vehicles from merging into your lane?
5) Do you let people in your lane without having to stop?
6) Do you know when traffic is going to accelerate or brake?
7) Do you cause people to brake behind you?
8) If you are the 10th car heading to a “Stop” sign, how many times do you stop? You should only have to stop once.
9) How many times do you stop at a freeway metering light? If you time it right, none.
10) If you are at a traffic light that turns green, how long do you wait to move? If you have space, you can move as soon as the light changes or when the vehicle that is 3 vehicle ahead starts to move.
11) Do you know to adjust your driving to driving conditions? Rain, wind, snow
12) Do you maintain your car?
13) Are you respectful of other drivers?
14) Do you have a good attitude while you are driving?
15) Do you sign “Thank you” or “I’m sorry” to recognize the other drivers?
If you are a Space Manager, please order a Traffic Commute Car Club “Space Manager “window or bumper" sticker. If you want to participate, and you are not yet a “Space Manager”, you can order a "Speed, Space, & Chill" or a “Space Manager in training” bumper sticker. No one is perfect, but we can always improve. Please email me using "Make a Difference" page to express your interest. Thank you.
No space invites a slow down. When you are driving, speed, space and movement are linked. The more open the road the faster our cars or we can go. Why do we go 70 mph with 3 car lengths of distance between us and the car ahead of us? Rule of the Vehicle Code loosely says “We are suppose to allow one car length for every 10 mph or the 3 second rule.". Whatever number of vehicle open space you have will turn into your speed. 3 car lengths of open space will lead you to driving 30 mph. Be aware of your expected miles per hour.
If we have proper spacing, brake lights in front of us will have less of an affect on us. If the car ahead of us brakes and we don’t have to brake. We have options. 1) We can take our foot off the gas, 2) change lanes at roughly the same speed, 3) tap the brake to reduce speed a little or 4) take some other prudent action. How much open space do you manage on your drive?
There are good reasons to change lanes, getting on the freeway, leaving the freeway, getting into the commute lane, and a crash or a block lane. Who does it benefit to continuously change lanes and stop? Stopping shows a driver cannot manage space. Drivers that stop are creating temporary boulders in traffic, blocking the lane & traffic flow. Please respect space and others. Manage lane changes. Movement, any movement, is better than 0 mph.
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