Once you’ve been driving for a few years, it’s natural to forget the inherent danger in it. In all likelihood, you’ve never had a seriously close call on the road. However, every time you use your car you reach speeds that have the potential to be lethal. While you can’t make driving completely safe, there are ways to mitigate the danger of it. Here are some good habits to get into for safe driving.
My first tip is simple, but equally easy to neglect. Remember to keep an eye on the speedo. This is something of a curse for any experienced driver. Once you’re used to using a car, it becomes easier to feel the speed you’re moving at, rather than actually check it. This results in most of us driving at two, three, four miles over the limit. Like the adverts say “speed kills”. Ask any auto accident attorney about their work, and they’ll tell you that speeding is one of the most common causes for car crashes. Aside from being dangerous, speeding is nearly pointless. On most journeys, even going ten miles over the limit will only reduce your trip by a few minutes.
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Secondly, get a better night’s sleep! Along with speeding, drowsiness is another big cause for road accidents. When you feel like you need a nap, your reactions are obviously going to be slower. There have even been cases of drivers falling asleep at the wheel. You might think that you’d never do this. Well, I’m sure all those drivers who fell asleep at the wheel thought the exact same thing! Even on a long, straight stretch of road, a driver who falls asleep will inevitably begin to drift off course. I’m sure you can guess the tragic consequences of this. I know that your sleeping habits may feel disconnected from driving, but try to get in more sleep. This will stop you from driving with slowed reactions, making you and everyone else on the road safer.
Finally, don’t disregard poor weather. Most people will turn their lights up and slow down when they’re in the middle of a snow storm. Aside from that though, most people’s driving stays consistent on wet and icy roads. Sure, you may be using performance tyres and have very responsive brakes. However, your car will always be affected by the weather around it. When the roads are glistening with rain, leave a larger gap between you and the car in front of you. Always try to dry of your brakes by pumping them after you’ve gone through a large puddle. If you’re travelling somewhere with conditions you’re not used to, then it may be a good idea to give the job to someone else. In bad visibility, make sure to turn your lights off if you end up on the side of the road. Other drivers will be looking at them as a guide for their road position.
Get into these habits, and you’ll be protecting yourself and every other driver on the road!