3 Tips to Make You a Safer Driver

Safe Driving 21 January 2013 | 0 Comments

These days, driving is a hazardous venture. There’s not much that is safe about having two tons of steel racing along the streets at breakneck speeds. Unfortunately, for most people, driving is a necessity. You can’t always count on other people to be good drivers, so it’s a good idea to brush up on your own driving skills in order to protect yourself and others. Here are three tips for improving the way you drive.

defensive-drivingDrive Defensively

You should never assume that the drivers around you are paying attention, because sadly, many do not. If you train yourself to think that other drivers aren’t paying attention, you’ll find yourself driving more cautiously. Even if you have the green light, it’s important to keep an eye out for drivers who don’t stop at their red light. Always watch out for potential hazards like slow or over-sized vehicles, backups and cars speeding up on your tail.

Any time you’re on the freeway, beware of drivers who like to change lanes suddenly and without warning. In cases like this, it’s better to sacrifice your right of way than to end up in a serious crash. Furthermore, realize that you car horn is there for a reason. If you see someone engaging in reckless driving, don’t hesitate to use it. People don’t like having attention drawn to their foolish behaviors, so they might be embarrassed into improving their habits.

safe-driving-distanceMaintain a Safe Distance

You should always be ready for trouble. If there’s a problem up ahead, start braking early. This enables you to stop safely if needed and allows the people behind you to slow down in time to avoid rear-ending you. In addition, think back on what you learned in driver’s education. For every 10 mph you’re going, stay at least one car length behind the vehicle in front of you. A greater distance should be maintained if the vehicle ahead is a semi or other large automobile as they take longer to stop.

seat-beltWear Your Seat Belt

There’s never a good excuse for not wearing a seat belt. Even if you’re only going for a short drive, you should always buckle up. Many studies have shown that accidents are more likely to occur in an areas people are familiar with because they don’t pay as much attention to what’s around them. Besides that, in most places, failing to wear your seat belt will garner you a ticket if you’re caught.

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