Thousands of spring breakers are hitting the roads in the next week to go to any number of destinations. The crowded roads are a breeding ground for accidents, and you don’t want to be a part of that statistic.
Step up your driving skills. Learn a few things you may not already know about staying safe on the roads. Take a peek at this brief summary of a few defensive driving tips for your next exciting road trip, and arrive alive.
Focus on the task at hand
You always need to be paying attention while you’re driving. If you need to fiddle with your phone, pull over to the side of the road. Otherwise, use hands-free components to direct your device.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents, and you could get yourself into a very troublesome situation. If you injure someone (and you don’t have insurance to pay for it), you could face a legal case for personal injury.
When you weigh out the risk versus the reward, it’s just much safer to pay attention. You don’t need to do 500 things while you’re driving. Enjoy the peace of the act of driving.
Don’t ever assume the other driver will do the right thing
You can’t drive like everyone else will always do exactly what you expect them to do on the roads. You will end up in an accident.
Don’t ever assume that other drivers are going to do the right thing, because you never know what could be going on in the cab of other vehicles. Take your safety into your own hands, and be extra cautious when making turns or progressing at a stop light.
Keep your distance on the road
Don’t ride people’s read ends while you’re driving. It’s a stupid kind of dangerous. The road is not the place to play games or assert dominance over someone. Make it a rule that for every ten miles per hour you are driving, you leave a car length between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.
Slow down when the weather is bad
Don’t be a hero when it’s raining or snowing outside. It’s okay to slow down. Slow down until you are comfortable with the speed, and put your flashers on if you’re going especially slow. The safety of yourself and your passengers is paramount.
Use your vehicle’s safety mechanisms
There are lots of cool safety mechanisms and features available on vehicles today, and it’s helpful to use them. Lane departure notifications, and blind spot alarms are really useful for staying on track when you’re tired from driving long distances.