In 2019, distracted driving was a major factor in 8.5% of fatal car accidents. It’s not enough to be a defensive driver, you have to actively take steps to drive safer for yourself and those around you.
If you’re ready to take the first steps in becoming a safer driver, then keep reading to learn the five tips for driving safe and preventing accidents.
1. Respect the Right Away for Everyone
It can be tempting to not let someone in when they’re speeding or driving like a maniac but resist the temptation and let them in. It’s dangerous to be swerving in and out of traffic, but if you try to block someone while they’re doing this they’re more likely to be more aggressive towards you.
Also, when in doubt of local state laws, always keep right unless you’re actively passing another vehicle. This allows speedy drivers to keep going straight and reduce the likelihood of accidents happening.
2. Always Go the Speed Limit
Some of the most common types of car accidents happen because someone is speeding. Don’t be the reason you get into an accident because you’re going too fast.
Even going five miles per hour over the speed limit can be dangerous. For example, most neighborhoods have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour. This is so you can stop fast enough if children run out in front of you. If you were going 30 it would take you longer to stop meaning you may not stop in time.
3. Keep Your Eyes on the Road
Never take your eye off the road when you’re driving. Everything can change in a split second, especially on roads with higher speed limits.
One of the most common reasons people give after getting into an accident were that they didn’t see the person. Just because you didn’t see them doesn’t mean you didn’t cause the accidents.
The best way to prevent accidents is by continuously keeping your eyes on the road.
4. Safety First
Never drive if you’re feeling unwell or sick. Even if it’s a regular cold you could be groggy and less attentive to your surroundings. If you must go somewhere consider using a rideshare app instead.
Another way to make sure everyone in your car is staying safe is by ensuring they are properly wearing their seatbelt. In 2016 alone seatbelts saved almost 15,000 lives. It’s one of the easiest things you can do
5. Understand Your Car’s Blindspots
Every car has them – those little spots you can’t quite see out of. Understand where these are on your car and find out how you can move and drive safely to compensate for those spots.
If you recently got a new car then be sure to look around and find your blindspots before it’s too late.
Drive Safer Today
Now that you know the five tips to be a safer driver, get out there and drive safer today! Remember, by following these tips you’ll be less likely to get into an accident compared to those who don’t.
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