How To Be A Safer Driver

Drive Safely

Tens of thousands of people die every year from an auto accident and tens of thousands more are seriously injured.  With so many things out there to distract drivers it is more important than ever to implement safe procedures from the moment you get into your car.  Not only should you be following these safety guidelines but you should be teaching the younger drivers in your household how to be a more responsible driver as well.

Defensive driving

It takes only a minute of being distracted for an accident to occur and you cannot replace human life.  This is why you should always be alert and watch other drivers around you.  Make sure that you stay an appropriate distance from the car in front of you and that you adjust that distance to the speed you are traveling at.  You never know when someone will have to stop suddenly and you want to make sure that you give yourself enough room to be able to stop as well.

One tip that you can use is to keep your eyes checking the wheels of the cars around you.  This will alert you if a driver suddenly decides to cut in front of you or changes lanes without turning on their blinker.  By watching the behavior of other drivers and keeping alert to the traffic situation, you will become a better driver and keep yourself and those in the car with you safe from harm.

Turn your phone off

Studies have shown that when you are texting on your phone your ability to concentrate is worse than if you were legally intoxicated.  Sadly, there continue to be stories in the news about horrific traffic accidents that were caused by texting or talking on the phone.  A recent story mentioned a young man who had sent a text to a friend telling them that he needed to stop texting because he could die in a car crash.  Seconds after sending that text, he lost control of his vehicle and plunged 35 feet into a ravine, surviving the crash, but now facing a long road to recovery.  While it’s great to have the phone with you for emergencies, you should turn it off the moment you sit down behind the driver’s wheel.  Your friends or acquaintances can leave you a message if they need to and then when you reach your destination you can turn the phone back on and return your messages.  It is also a good idea to make sure that your phone is not within easy reach of you if you are driving since this would present a temptation to pick it up just to check a text message, thereby taking your attention off of the road in front of you.

Take a safety driving course

If you want to refresh yourself on driver safety techniques and the laws in your state you may want to sign up for a safety driving course.  These courses can be taken online and at your own pace, allowing you to take your time so that you can learn how you can be a better driver.  If you have been ordered to take a safety driving course, many of these are court approved and issue certificates of completion.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can improve your driving skills and ensure that you and others on the road around you are able to travel in safety.

Tens of thousands of people die every year from an auto accident and tens of thousands more are seriously injured.  With so many things out there to distract drivers it is more important than ever to implement safe procedures from the moment you get into your car.  Not only should you be following these safety guidelines but you should be teaching the younger drivers in your household how to be a more responsible driver as well.

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  1. john wick

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