On any given day, many people can spend up to an hour and a half driving in their car. Errands, work or shuffling children, it’s all part of the daily routine. The familiarity and habit of getting behind the wheel can give us a false sense of security or even a complacent attitude about the inherent dangers of driving. Here are 4 tips or reminders that can help you stay safe on the road.
- Don’t slam the breaks when you get a flat.
Fight the instinct to slam on the brakes if you find yourself with a blowout. Driving safety experts say the sudden stop could cause you to fishtail or even cause your car to flip. The safest response to a blowout is to take your foot off the accelerator and coast to the shoulder of the road. You may damage your rim, but it could also keep you safe.
- Keep your headlights on.
When other drivers can clearly see you they are less likely to pull out in front of you and are generally more aware of your proximity to them. Visibility creates a barrier of safety and according to driving studies, it can decrease your chances of being in an accident by roughly 30%.
- Proper placement of your side-view mirrors keeps you safer.
Drivers often neglect to use side mirrors to properly. This results in larger, unnecessary blind spots. Here’s an easy check for drivers: If you can see any part of your car in your side-view mirrors they aren’t placed properly.
- Loud music can actually compromise your driving safety.
It’s been shown that loud music is not only distracting, but it can eliminate your primary focus on the roadway. While common, it is routinely a contributing factor to accidents of all types.
While these tips may be vaguely familiar from years of driving, a reminder can be critical in keeping you, your passengers and other drivers around you, safe.