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Driving Techniques to Practice

08 May Blog | Comments

We’ve all been there driving down the road seeing someone in their car texting and not paying attention to what is going on around them. The biggest issue with texting is that it takes the driver’s focus off the road. Even if he or she is the best driver in the world, by not knowing what is going on around them they will be unable to react properly if something happens in front of them. There are proper driving techniques to practice every time you get behind the wheel.

The reason those driving techniques are important is because by practicing them every day they will eventually become a habit. Most times having a habit is not necessarily a good thing, but in this case following these driving techniques is a very good habit to create.

I following the driving techniques listed below you will help create one of the most important pieces while driving, which is time to react. If you follow the driving techniques listed below you will be able to respond in a calm manner and in a timely manner.

  • Being aware at all times – Staying focused on the road is extremely important because things happen in a split second. If you are aware of your surroundings and what’s going on in front of you, you will be more able to react quickly if something happens.
  • Respecting others – We all want to be respected, in the best way to accomplish that while driving is by treating others as you would want to be treated. For example, giving the car in front of you enough space, using your turn signals when you want to move lanes on the highway and remember everyone has a bad day sometimes.
  • Being alert – By being alert while driving you give yourself more time to react appropriately. Even if you are following all of the road rules and being a very careful driver unfortunately other people are not sometimes. By being alert you give yourself time to react to other people’s mistakes.

One of the biggest mistakes people make as drivers is getting too comfortable behind the wheel. The longer we drive the more comfortable we get which opens the door for making a mistake. We tend to get overconfident and drop some those important driving habits like using turn signals or giving ourselves enough time to get from one place to another.

When we get overconfident and/or too comfortable we lose our focus which can ultimately keep us from being able to respond quickly and calmly when something does happen. When a person has to react too quickly he or she tends to make mistakes which usually causes an accident.

Unexpected things happen when we are driving and being as prepared as possible is the best way to avoid ending up in an accident. By continually following the driving techniques above you give yourself the best shot at being able to respond quickly should anything happen while you’re behind the wheel.

 

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