May 1st, 2015 by Eli P
- Stay off the phone. All the way off.
This seems to be the most important safety tip going these days – the one too many people fail to learn. Think of your car as that rare quiet zone, where you’re unreachable by phone or text. Put this thought into practice and you might find you enjoy the time spent in your car as the only time all day you’re truly free.
- Don’t tailgate
You might be the best driver on the planet – it doesn’t matter. If the terrible driver ahead of you stops short and you don’t have room to brake, the ensuing collision will be ruled your fault.
- Drive for the weather you have
If you think you drive well in rain, sleet, fog or snow, fine. That doesn’t mean you can drive as safely as you can when it’s dry and clear out, so don’t act like it. Slow down accordingly, and add a little extra distance between you and the car ahead of you.
- Check your temper
Emotional driving amounts to dangerous driving. Being impatient doesn’t get you there faster, and there’s no revenge you can get on a fellow driver that doesn’t put you and everyone else at risk. Whatever happens, just take a deep breath and keep the focus on getting to where you want to be, safely.
- Buckle up
It’s literally the easiest thing you can do to make yourself safer behind the wheel. You will never feel stupid for having buckled your seatbelt.
- Be sober
So obvious it almost doesn’t warrant mentioning. Except it does, repeatedly. If you’ve ingested anything to take the edge off, don’t drive. You need that edge to drive safe.
- Stay awake
If you’re finding it hard to stay awake, pull over, recline your seat and take a nap. Even twenty minutes of rest could be enough to prevent a disaster.
- Use mirrors properly
If you need to apply makeup, or shave or merely admire your pretty face, do it before you pull into traffic.