Sitting behind the steering wheel of a vehicle…with passengers or alone…makes imperative that safe driving becomes your top priority. Contemporary distratctions are more abundant and sophisticated than ever before. So knowing the basics of safe driving and practicing them every time you climb into that driver’s seat is crucial. Here are 4 high quality safe driving tips to guide you:
1. Focus on Driving
100% of your attention MUST be on driving at all times – no multi-tasking.
No cell phone or any other electronic device usage while driving.
Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
2. Drive “Defensively”
Defensively means being aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expecting the unexpected.
Assume other motorists will do something crazy, and always be prepared to avoid it.
Keep a 2-second cushion between you and the car in front of you. Bad Weather = A 4-second cushion.
3. Plan Ahead
Schedule time to stop for food, rest breaks, phone calls or other business during the trip.
Adjust your seat, mirrors and temperature controls BEFORE putting the car in “Drive”.
Pull off the road to eat or drink. Focusing on that alone takes only a few minutes to get back on the road.
4. Practice Safety
Secure cargo that may slide around while driving…you don’t need the distraction.
DON’T attempt to pick up items that fall to the floor.
Keep needed items within easy reach – such as toll fees, toll cards and garage passes.
ALWAYS use seat belts & drive sober and drug-free.