Never Drive Without These Safety Measures
Although owning a car or being able to drive one is a privilege, as a driver, you have similar responsibilities on the road. Every time you get behind the wheels, you need to take precautions to prevent accidents, which are a leading cause of deaths in the United States. Here are some safe driving tips to remember this 2018.
― Colin Powell
Don’t Drink and Drive
This should be self-explanatory, but it does not seem so. Many drivers, especially the youth, love the thrill of the idea of driving while intoxicated. However, drunk driving is a leading cause of accidents all over the world. Think of driving under the influence as a suicide mission.
Even if you don’t fear for your life, think about your family, friends, passengers and the other driver. Do you really want them to suffer? If you have to drink, have a designated driver drive on your behalf.
Do not Drive When You’re Drunk or Sleepy
You need to be well-rested and in a condition to drive to avoid causing an accident. Fatigue is the second cause of accidents after DUI. Never drive when sleepy to avoid falling asleep behind the wheels. Accidents occur in a split second, so ensure that you are alert, which can only happen when you’ve had enough sleep and rest. In fact, it is better to park your car by the roadside and take a nap before proceeding.
Maintain a Safe Trailing Distance
Collision can happen if you tail another car too closely, so ensure that you leave at least one truck-distance in between cars. That way, if anything happens to the vehicle ahead of you (or it brakes suddenly), you will be safe. Tailgating is only safe in a stadium, not on highways. It is also important to pay attention to the type of road you’re driving on. Asphalt roads give you a smooth ride while rough roads are challenging.
Look Ahead and Both Ways
When you’re driving, it’s important to be attentive and alert to your surroundings. Don’t just look at the cars in front or behind you. Apart from that, be attentive to traffic signs and pedestrians (look at both ways) to avoid hitting a person or an animal.
Don’t Run on Empty
If possible, run on a full tank. Among the worst things that can happen to you when driving is running out of gas, especially in a remote or an unfamiliar area. If you want to get to your intended destination in the designated time, make sure you have enough gas.
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