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Tips for Safe Daily Driving

16 Oct Blog | Comments

Being a safe driver is all about being alert and defensive. Because newer cars are so easy to drive and control, and new car manufacturers so intent on insulating the driver from the road, people tend to forget exactly how dangerous driving can be. Here are some easy tips for safe driving that, although many have heard before, most probably do not follow.

First and foremost, and by far more important than any of the other tips for safe driving, is to stay alert and on task. Although this might seem obvious, since everyone knows to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, it is amazing just how many people do not stay focused on driving. People like to play with their radios, talk or text with cell phones, eat, drink, read books — the list goes on and on. Always remember, no matter how comfortable you are with driving and how familiar you are with the car and the route, there is no accounting for the skills of the other people on the road. People accidentally run stop signs and red lights, meander out of lanes, try to turn from the wrong lanes all the time. Sure, if there is an accident, it might be “their fault”, but after not having your car for a few weeks while their insurance fixes it, not to mention any injuries you or your passengers may sustain, fault will cease to matter. You’ll just want your life back, and wish you had been paying attention. If you adhere to none of the other tips for safe driving, be sure to follow this one.

Another tip, be sure to consider road conditions, and not just the obvious ones. Definitely slow down in the rain, everyone knows that, but slow down a lot when the rain first starts, especially if the area has not seen rain in a while. All the oil, gas, and any other chemicals that were on the road will suddenly be all over the place, and anything liquid has a tendency to settle in the lowest places of the road — which just happens to be where the tires generally go. Again, it’s not just you that you have to be careful of. There are lots of other people on the road, and they may or may not be thinking about these same things. Also, consider the effects of heavy rains on older roads. Heavy rains make it nearly impossible to see the lines on the road if they have any age on them at all. Ruts are deeper and more pronounced, meaning that once they fill with water, you are far more likely to hydroplane, which can be very dangerous.

No matter how many tips for safe driving you read, there will always be one common theme: drive defensively! Make yourself seen, don’t hide in blind spots, turn your lights on when it rains or is foggy, and always be ready for anyone to do anything. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is when the accident occurs, because it’s bad for everyone involved every time.

 

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