When it’s time for you to take the wheel of the car, whether you’re alone or with passengers, driving safely should be and must be your top priority. Distractions are inevitable – bad drivers are everywhere, and learning how you can drive with this kind of environment is important. This is for new and old drivers alike – listed below are some basic driving rules, and what you can do about bad drivings that you may encounter on the road.
Just Focus On Driving
In this fast-paced world that we’re living in, many people opt to multi-task. Well, it saves time and makes one more efficient, but not when you’re driving! Just keep your focus on what you’re doing. Avoid distractions, such as using your smartphone. Studies have shown that road accidents are usually caused when the driver is distracted.
So if you really need to answer that call or message someone, pull over and use your smartphone. Remember, two hands on the wheel all the time folks!
Practice Defensive Driving
Expect the unexpected – that’s what they say. When driving, you have to become aware of what the other drivers are doing. When you go out there, assume that the majority of these drivers might do something crazy, so you have to always prepare for it.
Stay In One Lane
Staying in one lane, as much as possible, has been proven to reduce unnecessary road incidents and accidents. Some road accidents occur when a driver abruptly changes their lane, and to prevent this from happening, staying on one lane is the safest and the best way to do it.
Having said that, you have to watch out for those drivers who change lane more often. Keep your distance to these motorists just to be on the safe side.
Watch Out Those Blind Spots
Whenever you find yourself in a situation where you are beside a vehicle’s blind spot, stay away from them. Either you speed up a bit, or you slow down so you can avoid those blind spots.
Slow Down On Intersections
Considered to be one of the most dangerous places, intersections are where the majority of accidents happen. Without a surprise, people will start driving fast as soon as they see that green light, but rarely do careless drivers slow down when they see a red light. Whenever you’re in an intersection, even if you’re given the green light, check left and right for cars that are beating the red light.
Do Not Tailgate
Keep a 1-2 car distance in front of you. Being close to another car makes it impossible to avoid car accidents, in the event that something goes out of control. Always be on the safe side, and this time, avoiding tailgating is on the safe side.
At all costs, avoid swerving, unless you are avoiding an accident, or preventing an accident to happen.
If you drive defensively and keep distance with other drivers, your chances of preventing an accident are higher. Bad drivers are everywhere – and we can’t do anything about it. The best that you can do is to avoid them at all costs – never let them run alongside your car, and always keep a considerable distance away from them.