Guidelines for Safe Driving
Due to car sizes and the speeds at which they travel, car accidents can be true tragedies with devastating consequences. Futures can be ruined due to one bad decision, and contrary to popular belief, drinking and talking on you mobile are not the only things that can cause an accident. It’s easy to develop bad driving habits whose effects can one day be detrimental with the help of a little bad luck.
Here are a few guidelines for safe driving you should implement in your life today:
- Avoid any and all distractions
- Don’t drive drowsy
- Stay calm
- Follow the three second rule
- Use your mirrors
These basic tips, simple as they may seem, could save your life, or the lives of your loved ones.
1. Distractions don’t have to be mobile phones, even though that’s usually the first thing people think of when they hear the word. A distraction is anything that keeps you from paying full attention to the road. This includes things like fiddling with your car radio, checking your makeup, talking with friends, snacking on something or trying to watch children or pets at the same time as you should be watching the road. Do what you can to minimize or eliminate these distractions by, for example, putting your pet in a cage during a car trip.
2. Driving drowsy can be as dangerous as driving drunk, especially when it’s dark. Drowsy drivers are 4 times more likely to get into an accident than awake, alert drivers, according to a recent study. So if you’re feeling sleepy, never make the mistake of thinking you can manage to fight it off—your bodies needs will almost always be stronger than your will to stay awake. Take a taxi home, or sleep over at your friends’ place and come home the next day to avoid tragedy.
3. Traffic jams and other drivers’ bad behavior can be infuriating, but don’t give into emotion. Getting upset will only make you more likely to make a mistake that could result in an accident. And even if someone makes a point of yelling at you, keep your cool, ignore them and just let them pass you. The sooner they’re away from you, the better.
4. Always keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The three second rule is a good one to live by. Look at an unmoving object before you—if less than three seconds pass from when the other car passes over to when you do, it’s time to slow down a bit. Three seconds is usually enough time to react to a situation that suddenly arises before you, so allow yourself the time and space to make the right decision.
5. Use your mirrors and take care to check your blind spots. When paying attention to the road in front of you, don’t forget to scan the rest of the area around you as well. You should also remember that every vehicle has its blind spots, so make extra allowance for vehicles in areas you can’t see all that well.
Safe driving is often just a matter of a few little things that barely take any time at all, and yet they can sometimes save a life. Enrolling in a safe driving course and/or driver safety training can also be of great help.