Road rage and drunk drivers are claiming many innocent lives on the road.
It sucks that other people’s negligence causes tragedy, but road safety starts with you. Responsible driving is staying aware of motorists and your surroundings at all times.
Driving safely will help you navigate potential roadway dangers of any kind. Let us discuss five safe driving tips that will reduce your chances of a car accident.
1. Pay Attention to Blind Spots
Get familiar with your blind spots to avoid side-swiping fellow drivers. It takes time to identify those blind zones, so use extreme caution until you recognize them.
Blind spots are the areas you can not see in your side view or rearview mirrors. A blind spot can make switching lanes a nightmare.
A trick to managing your blind spots is to look out of your rear passenger windows on either side. A quick check will help confirm if you are clear to get over to the next lane.
2. No Cell Phone and Driving
Preventing car accidents starts with keeping your eyes on the road. So, use self-control and do not use your cell phone while driving.
Police may give you a citation for using your cell phones while driving.
Smartphones and new cars come with voice recognition technology. So you can tell your phone what you need without touching it.
You should activate these touch-free features before you put your car in drive.
3. Keep to the Right
Do not be a road hog if you are in the fast lane and a faster car is approaching. Get over to the right lane and let them pass.
It can be frustrating when you abide by the speed limit while others are speeding.
But it is not necessary to speed up to match their speed. You would be putting yourself and others in danger.
4. Slow Down
Leave speeding to NASCAR professionals and emergency vehicles. You are saving lives when you go the speed limit.
There are insurance discounts for drivers with a clean driving record. They also give discounts when you install a speed tracker in your car and report your average speed.
Contact your insurance company for information on safe driving discounts.
5. Rules of the Road
Once you pass your driving and road signs test, the information leaves your brain. But there are critical road rules to remember when behind the wheel.
People get really entitled at stop signs, but there are rules for the octagon. At a four or two-way stop, the driver to your right has the right of way. And always yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Take a G1 practice test to see how well you remember your road rules.
The consequences of not using precautions on the road can be fatal. These simple safe driving tips will keep you out of harm’s way.
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