Model A Club

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Defensive Driving

By Ray Hinnant

I have always said that I watch the rear view mirror in the Model A more than I watch out the front windshield. The only thing I really have to worry about in front of the car is to hope that I have enough time to brake. Our Model A's are usually running less than 55 mph and modern irons are running at least 75. They can come up on you before you even know it. Remember Ross getting rear ended on Highway 21?

Be sure your rear view mirrors are clean, pointed in the right direction, and glance at them often.

Regular drivers are talking on the cell phone, changing their CD's, and are usually in a big hurry to get nowhere. They are not watching for a slow moving Model A. They expect a car in their lane to be driving at approximately the same speed that they are driving. So, enjoy the drive, the scenery, and the camaraderie, but especially be aware of the other cars on the road.

Remember, only you can prevent an accident in a Model A.

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Brazos Valley A's

Ray Hinnant is a member of the Brazos Valley A's, a vintage Model A Club, located in Bryan-College Station, Texas.

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