- Always test your brakes
Our house has a long driveway that slopes downward to the (very busy) street in front. Every bike ride begins with a ceremonial checking-of-brakes as we start rolling.
Once in a very great while, someone finds a brake that doesn’t work as well as it should. It’s much better to discover that fact at the top of the driveway than at the bottom…
The newest driver in our household learned to tap the van’s brakes much in advance of traffic signals and stop signs, rather than waiting until the last possible moment. She also glides the van to a smooth stop, much as my father taught me back in the day; for a while, he was the chauffeur for a (perhaps the) rich guy in town and learned all about smooth driving.