While we’re sure most of our customers, being vehicle owners, know how to drive, it’s sometimes worth reminding yourself what to do and not to do when driving. Today we’re looking at just a few items that many seem to forget.
- Wear seatbelts. Always. It is a no-brainer, but many accidents become fatal due to drivers and passengers not doing this. Whenever you’re driving anywhere, make sure others in your car, even in the backseat, are buckled up and safe.
- Respect the speed limit. Again, always! No matter in how big a hurry you are or how good a driver you think you are, others on the road might not be equipped to handle a car speeding down the highway.
- Always pay attention to the road. This is even important when you’re in a familiar area. Most accidents happen close to home because people practice less caution.
- Respect pedestrians and cyclists. Remember that you’re sharing the road with others and their safety is just as important as yours.
- Maintain a safe following distance between you and the car ahead. This will allow you to brake in time should you need to.
- Plan your trip ahead of time. If you’re going somewhere you haven’t been to before, or driving through an unfamiliar environment, be sure to plan your trip in advance, so you can focus on the road instead of worrying where to drive.
- Be cautious when driving directly against sunlight. Because the sun can seriously affect your vision, it is important to change your driving tactics. Leave a bigger gap between you and the car ahead, slow down and turn your headlights on so cars behind you can better see you.
- Drink and drive. This is obvious, yet so many seem to ignore this law when they’re out. Even if you think you can handle your liquor, drinking slows down your reaction time, which is dangerous when you get into an accident. Our suggestion: don’t do it, even if you think you’re fine.
- Switch lanes obliviously or swerve into someone’s safe following distance. Turn your indicator on and wait for a chance or to be signalled. The road is not a place for risk taking.
- Text, call someone or do anything with your phone ever. It’s an unnecessary distraction that could cost you dearly.
- Rubberneck. You might well be wondering what that is, so let us explain – when an accident occurs, many people slow down to catch a glimpse of what happened. This in turn causes a traffic pile up. Don’t do it!
- Drive with your headphones/earphones on. This might seem a little trivial, but when you drive with them on, you’re disconnected from what you’re doing plus you won’t hear when cars hoot at you.
- Let your emotions get the better of you. Just because other people drive recklessly, doesn’t mean you should react. Just focus on driving safely and let them go.
This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but it is filled with things that many people seem to forget. Your safety on the road is not just in the hands of others, but in your own hands as well, so do your best to drive responsibly.