When you’ve been driving for many years, it’s easy to lower your guard and get comfortable. However, safety should always be the top of your concern when you’re driving alone or with passengers. Despite how experienced you are, pay close attention to road safety rules to avoid car accidents. Instead of being reckless, below is a refresher on safe driving tips every driver should know.
A high percentage of all road accidents result from distracted driving. Sometimes, it’s the few distractions that you ignore that could lead to life-changing events. When you’re on the road, you’re the only sane person, and your focus should be 100% on driving. Avoid multitasking; don’t operate electronic devices like your phone, and if you must, slow down the vehicle and stop. Create your playlist before you drive, make toys and snacks available to your kids when traveling with them, and avoid arguing in the car.
Avoid getting upset
Driving on busy highways can cause a lot of road rage from other drivers. Getting upset on the road causes negative emotions that inhibit your ability to focus. If you get into a fight or in a bad mood, stop your car and take a break. You can stop by a coffee shop or restaurant, listen to calming music, call a friend, or go for a stroll. Make way for other drivers instead of getting into a fight.
Observe traffic signs
Over speeding reduces your ability to act fast when there’s an oncoming vehicle or a sign that needs your observation. Also, it’s against the law and can have you facing charges that require hefty fines. When driving to a new place or using a different route, check the speed limits, and refresh your memory on road signs using the Book Theory Test. Despite being in a rush, always stop on red to avoid crashes along intersections. Keep an eye out for pedestrians, cyclists ‘ traffic signs, and zebra crossings to avoid running them over.
Taking a driving course or reading safety tips is never enough, especially when you’re new on the road. To enhance road safety, learn how to drive defensively by anticipating dangerous situations. On the road, anything can happen, despite how sober or attentive you are. You can’t control what other drivers do, but you can make quick decisions to prevent life-threatening occurrences. Keep your distance from other motorists, especially during bad weather, and prepare for quick decision-making.
Fastening your seat belt has to be the oldest rule in the book, but it works. Yearly, thousands of accident victims survive as a result of buckling up. It not only prevents injuries but also saves you from hefty fines for failure to do so. Regardless of how well you know the route or how short the distance is, fasten your seat belt and ensure everyone traveling with you does the same.
As a good driver, safety is a priority to you, those you’re traveling with, and every other road user. Enhance your safety by minimizing distractions, fastening your seat belt, observing traffic rules and signs. Ditch bad driving habits like overspeeding and drunk driving, avoid road rage and drive defensively.