Safety should be a paramount concern for all drivers, no matter how seasoned and experienced they might be. The fact is that driving can be dangerous and even a good driver can get into a terrible accident. Therefore, drivers should always educate themselves on safety tips and good driving habits to avoid complacency. Driving is a privilege and should be treated as such, so we all must do our part to ensure not only our own safety, but the safety of those with whom we share the road.
Here are some helpful tips for safe driving:
1.Stay focused on the task at hand: When you are operating a motor vehicle, it is crucial that your full attention is dedicated to this task. Never engage in any activities that will distract you or require you to divide your attention. This means no texting, surfing the web, talking on the phone, eating and drinking, grooming, fiddling with a navigational device, or any other distracting activity while driving. If there is something that absolutely cannot wait, safely pull to the side of the road, or to another safe location, and take care of it before you resume driving.
2.Drive defensively: You might be an excellent driver, but this will not spare you from being involved in an accident if you are not aware of others around you. Not everyone on the road observes traffic laws, so you have to be prepared for any unexpected behavior. Give yourself time to react to any dangerous drivers by maintaining a 2-second cushion between you and the car in front of you. If the weather is poor, increase it to 4 seconds.
3.Always plan ahead: A lot of disasters can be avoided with proper planning. If you plan ahead, it will reduce the temptation to multi-task while you are behind the wheel. For example, if you review driving directions before you begin a trip, you will not have to rely so heavily on your GPS device. Taking your eyes off the road, even for a second, can cause a serious accident, so plan ahead to eliminate this dangerous act. Adjust all of your mirrors, your seat, and climate controls before you put your car in gear. Anything that you can do before you begin a trip should be taken care of before you even think about moving your vehicle.
4.Practice safety: There are simple safety precautions drivers can take to ensure a less hazardous trip. You should always wear your seat belt and ask that your passengers do the same, never attempt to retrieve items from the floor, and keep all necessary items, such as toll fees or cards, within easy reach to avoid having to look away from the road to grab them.
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