Driving Tips From Driving Experts
Safe driving is defensive driving. Cautious drivers’ are less likely to be injured from a motor vehicle accident.
To drive defensively, the driver should follow these basic guidelines:
1. Slow Down. Driving too fast will give the driver less time to react to another driver who is driving aggressively and allows for more control of the drivers’ own vehicle.
2. No Cell Phones Driving cautiously requires the drivers’ full attention. Make the call (or receive the call) when the driver is not engaged in a moving vehicle. Additionally, drivers’ should keep a good distance between their car and another car whose driver is using a cell phone.
3. Keep a Clean Vehicle Don’t have things ‘loosely’ laying around the vehicle, especially sharp items or other potentially dangerous items. If the driver were to be involved in any type of accident, those loose items could cause greater injury than the accident itself causes. Also, items that can move around on the floor can present danger to the drivers’ ability to use these brakes and or gas pedals more accurately, resulting in additional danger.
4. Never Drive While IntoxicatedDrinking alcohol and cars are a deadly combination. There is nothing that can be more important for safety than being sober when you drive. Driving when you are intoxicated (alcohol, drugs or even some prescription medications) can cause the driver to have much slower reactions, less ability to control their own vehicle and less aware of situations surrounding them. Not only should the driver not be intoxicated when driving, but passengers should be sober as well, as they can distract the driver or cause other danger to the driver and other travelers.
5. Pay Attention The number one excuse accident victims say is “I never saw them” Be aware always of every situation around you, from other vehicles, pedestrians, pets , construction, etc.