Driving around on a busy road can be quite an exciting experience especially when you can be the roadmaster. You don’t have to ask for anyone’s hand to drive themselves around, and you don’t have to wait in line to buy fuel from a stranger. But when you get on the road there are numerous distractions. Both you and the other motorists on the road may be distracted by talking on the phone, eat, drinking, and putting on make-up. Plus with every turn and lane change, there is a chance you may miss something and cause an accident. There are several things you should be able to do to keep yourself, your passengers, and your car safe.
Here are some driving safety tips
There are some steps you can take before getting behind the wheel to help keep you alert, awake, and relaxed while driving:
- Rest your eyes and scratch the surface of your vision: It is essential to lie your head against a hard surface to get a good night’s sleep, especially if you have to drive back to where you lived for an extended time. Accidents are more likely to occur within an hour of driving if you are fatigued.
- Drive with a companion: Typically, when driving with someone else, the driver takes much more of the risk. Never drive alone if you are not prepared. Check your mirrors and your blind spots frequently so that you know where all the vehicles are along the road.
- Drive slowly and in combined movements: Combine making turns and taking curves with other drivers. Never drive too fast or too slow and pay attention to what is happening on all sides of your vehicle at all times.
- CTE (Competitive Driving Examinations): Performance Driving is for those who want to improve their driving skills to pass the driver’s examination. There are eight areas of your driving ability that must be improved to pass the test. Even if you fail the written test, you must still appear for your motorcycle driving test before you can obtain your motorcyclist’s license. Part of the process of preparing for the examination includes driving under several different circumstances. This is a critical element of your driving skills, hence it is extremely important to practice driving under several conditions.
- Learn to control the vehicle: Before starting to drive, learn how to operate the vehicle safely. It is important to learn how to turn, use signals, park, change lanes, and other maneuvers. A good place to start on these skills is with those maneuvers which involve your hands and feet. The controls in vehicles are improved particularly with the latest models of cars.
- Control with your senses: Get good at sensing what is happening around you. Learn how to notice what is happening on the road and better manage your attention. This is particularly important for driving traffic. With your improved sense of hearing and vision as well as your memories, you should be able to notice a slight difference in the driving habits of different motorists.
- Maintain your vehicle: An owner’s manual for your vehicle will guide how to maintain it. Learn and practice using your vehicle in every way capable of being done. Traveling in poor weather conditions and on slippery surfaces is part of the preparation for operating your vehicle safely. Similarly, the vehicle needs to be maintained in good health to provide you with the safest journey. Even though you are the driver, the vehicle takes on more responsibility and should be operated by a qualified driver.
- Focus and concentrate: At least every two hours, you should crave to do something or finish a telephone conversation you are having. This will keep you alert as well as help you stay focused on the driving task at hand. Talking on the phone is not only a waste of time but also very dangerous because you do not have time to correct silly errors.
- Automatic turn-on: Of course all drivers should be using an automatic transmission, especially if the roads are old and slippery. You should also check that your parking sensors and parking brake are working properly.
- Inquire about defensive driving: Most people think that defensive driving is just a way of saying that you are a good driver. Defensive driving gets noticed by a lot of people, and in most cases that would mean an improvement in your driving skills. Techniques like defensive acceleration and proper braking are much obliged in the safety of others and also of you.
- Vehicle needs to be serviced: A vehicle needs annual check-up whether it is the car you are using now or one which you plan to use for a long time. One good way of doing this is by contacting a skilled mechanic. He will identify small problems and may recommend what is for the car to get repaired.
It is important to get your vehicle serviced at any time. This will ensure your safety as well as that of others while you are on the road.
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