Mike Markos – A-1 Driving Schools | 19 Locations in Atlanta, GA

When Should You Have Your Brights On?

*High-beam headlights should only be used in specific situations*

– Use high beams when visibility is poor and there are no other vehicles in front of you
– Use high beams when you are 200 feet behind a vehicle and its back lights do not illuminate the road enough for you to see
– Use high beams when you are 500 feet from oncoming traffic and need the high beams to see the road
– Use high beams responsibly and only when necessaryeet from oncoming traffic and need the high beams to see the road. Remember to use high beams responsibly and only when necessary.

How to Drive in a Parking Lot

More than 500 people are killed and 60,000 injured in parking-lot crashes every year. To try and minimize the injuries of you and others, follow these five steps.

1. Slow down

Easing up on your gas pedal is a great way to improve parking-lot safety. It’s a good idea to drive no faster than 5 to 10 mph.

2. Follow the rules

Keep your eyes open and follow traffic signs and pavement markings just as you would on a street. Even more important, follow lanes of traffic where possible and don’t cut diagonally across lots. If you maintain predictable driving patterns, you’re much less likely to hit a pedestrian or another driver.

3. Minimize distractions

It should go without saying: Using your cellphone while driving (or walking!) in a parking lot is an extremely bad idea. Your focus needs to be on your surroundings and not on texts, calls, or any other distractions. Even if you think you can multitask, it only takes a split-second for things to go very wrong.

4. Stay alert when backing out

Nearly 300 deaths and 18,000 injuries are caused each year by drivers who are backing out of driveways and parking lots. If you’re backing up, stay alert for pedestrians and other drivers. If your car is equipped with a backup camera or a rear cross-traffic alert system, take advantage of those tools.

5. Be patient!

This is the most important step! The more calm and patience you can muster, the less likely you are to cause a collision or hit a pedestrian.

If you have any further questions please don’t be afraid to contact A-1 Driving Schools!

What does a Flashing Red Light Mean?

Here are the key points to remember when dealing with a flashing red light:

– Treat it as an intersection with four stop signs.
– Legally, flashing red lights are equivalent to stop signs.
– Come to a complete stop and look out for any vehicles or oncoming traffic.
– Proceed only when it is safe to do so while keeping in mind the right of way rules.
– Flashing red lights may be displayed during the early hours or when there is less traffic on the road.
– Railway crossings also use flashing red lights as signals.

Who has the Right of Way at a Four-way Stop?

In Georgia, the driver on the right has the right-of-way at a four-way stop. If a driver approaches an intersection with no stop sign or traffic signal, they should yield to other drivers, whether they are on the right or left. The same rules apply when two drivers approach an intersection with a malfunctioning traffic signal, treat it like a four-way stop. If you have more questions about driving don’t be afraid to contact A-1 Driving Schools with all your questions.

What Places are not Safe/Legal to Park in?


  • On the roadway side of a vehicle that’s already parked on the street
  • On a sidewalk
  • In an intersection
  • Between a safety zone and a curb, or within 30 feet of a curb opposite a safety zone
  • Alongside or opposite a street excavation
  • On a bridge or overpass
  • On railroad tracks
  • On controlled-access highways
  • In the area between roads on a divided highway
  • Any place with a sign that prohibits parking or stopping

If you have any more questions go ahead and ask at A-1 Driving Schools.

Armed Robbery, Car Crash, 1 Arrested, and 1 on the Run

The police linked a crash in Brookhaven to an armed robbery in Chamblee. The armed robbery took place at Plaza Fiesta off Buford Highway NE. Authorities identified a getaway vehicle, were alerted of its location, and then began a chase, which ended with the suspect’s car colliding with another vehicle on Peachtree Road and Ashford Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven.

We hope the other suspect is found and arrested, and most importantly that no one is harmed. Reckless driving is incredibly dangerous, and this is just an example. We are glad this situation is not the worst it could’ve been and no one is incredibly hurt. Reckless driving and DUIs are b0th the most dangerous ways to drive. If you have ever driven drunk or dangerously, A-1 Driving Schools is here to help with our DUI/Risk Reduction Course. We do not judge, in fact we are proud you’re trying to change. Have a great day, and if you have any questions don’t be shy and contact us!

Is 5mph Over Enough to Get a Ticket?

Speeding can be dangerous as it increases the time it takes you to react and brake if the vehicles in front of you suddenly stop. The Colorado State Patrol wants to give citations our for driving 5mph over the speed limit, and their reasons why are interesting. A good rule of thumb is to maintain one car length per 10 mph traveled. When driving at a speed of 55 mph, it is recommended to maintain a distance of at least five car lengths from the vehicle in front of you. According to the Colorado State Patrol, 685 of the 2,860 fatal and injury-causing accidents investigated last year were caused by speeding. It is important to note that exceeding the posted speed limit is considered speeding and could lead to a citation.

Although this does seem like a strict idea, it seems to be very beneficial. This would greatly reduce speeding, but unfortunately will most likely increase the number of people that will be getting citations for speeding. Do you think this is too strict, or is it the right way to go about speed when it comes to the road?

How to Drive at a Yellow Light!

Driving at a yellow light is quite simple. Here are 3 simple steps to driving at yellow lights so you can be as safe as possible.

  1. You must stop if it is safe to do so.
  2. If the light turns green to yellow, STOP (if it’s safe to do so).
  3. Legally, every driver has to stop at a yellow light unless he or she is too close to the intersection to stop safely before entering the intersection,

If you have anymore questions you can contact us at A-1 Driving Schools or attend our Driver’s Education Classes for more help!