Simple Tips For a Safer Drive
It helps being buckled up during the accident because it prevents you from being thrown around or out the car. In the United States alone, 13,000 people who were in car accidents were saved by wearing seat belts.
It helps to have someone else in the car during long rides who you can talk to to stay awake or share switch with in case anyone gets tired.
Don’t drink and drive
Pretty basic. Don’t drink and drive. If you’ve had a drink it would be best to leave your car and get a cab. Or if you’re going out with your friends, pick a designated driver who will stay sober throughout the night.
Just like your car needs fuel, your body does too. Don’t forget to eat especially before going on long drives. An empty stomach can distract you. But don’t drive and eat simultaneously either.
familiarize yourself with your route
Look up your destination or use apps like Waze and Google Maps. Familiarize yourself with the turns, sharp corners, or blind spots on the road. You can drive with confidence if you know where you’re going.
keep your distance
Don’t tailgate. It’s important to allow space between you and the car in front of you in case they suddenly stop or have an emergency.
ignore aggressive drivers
Avoid and ignore aggressive drivers. Stressing yourself by messing with them won’t end well. We don’t make great decisions when we’re angry and driving is dangerous enough. Don’t start a fight.
look up the weather
Before going on a drive, check the weather conditions. The more you know the better you can respond.
mind your speed
Follow the speed minimum and limit even if there’s not much traffic. Don’t go speeding in residential areas and slow down for pedestrian lanes.
prepare, prepare, prepare
Keep a spare tire in your trunk, some tools, and other emergency items. You never know what trouble you can run into so try and be prepared for anything.
Driving requires your full attention because your safety and everyone else’s you encounter depends on it. Stop checking your phone, putting on makeup, and doing any other activities that makes you take your eyes off the road.
take a nap
If you’re find yourself dozing off, have someone else take over the wheel. Or if you’re alone, take a pit stop and take a power nap.
use your signal lights
Signal lights are there for a reason. If you’re going to turn or stop for an emergency, use them. It helps inform those driving behind you whether they should switch lanes or slow down.
wear driving glasses
Twinkling lights and glaring car lights from oncoming traffic can cause eye-related problems such as fatigue and headaches. You can avoid them by wearing driving glasses.
yellow means slow down
Even if you’re in a hurry, don’t hit the gas to race against the yellow traffic light. Yellow means slow down, not speed up. You might get caught in the middle of the road and cause traffic or hit another car.