Most drivers would say that operating a vehicle is easy. However, there still are some things people tend to forget when it comes to staying safe on the roads. Even if you've been driving for years, you will need to occasionally refresh your memory on how to drive safely in your car.
Always Check Your Blind Spot
There is a reason why those awkward angles in your car are called blind spots. Blind spots aren't really covered with the rear-view mirrors that well. Therefore, you can never be certain if a car is approaching by looking only at your rear-view mirrors.
Most of the time, those mirrors can be quite reliable. But, instead of risking your life for one check, it's better to have a look over your shoulder. Of course, you need to be aware of all the blind spots your particular car has. This will help you come up with a checking routine.
Wear a Seatbelt
You have to wear a seatbelt. Not because an officer will pull you over if you’re not wearing it, but because of it will keep you safe. There is no common reasoning for not putting it on, even if you go on a two-minute ride. Since you’re not alone on the roads, you can never know with whom you share them. To stay perfectly safe, you should not only wear it, but urge other passengers to wear it as well. Without a seatbelt, you can find yourself in some quite dangerous situations, especially if a child is in the vehicle as well.
Having a child on board requires you to obtain a car seat for children. Keep in mind that there are many models of these car seats, so be sure to find the one that suits both your children and your vehicle and meets all the necessary safety standards.
Keep Your Car Locked
Car safety is not only important while you're driving, but while you're parked as well. Even if you're in your car on a parking lot, there’s a chance that a mugger will try to steal the first thing he comes across when he sees the door is opened. There’s also a possibility that someone could throw you out and steal your vehicle. Remember that you're an easy target if you have the doors unlocked.
However, it’s important to lock doors while driving as well. If your door is locked, you're going to be sure no one is going to fall out of the car in the middle of a journey. This is also important if you have small children, since there has been cases where children fell out in the middle of a highway. This is why you should also consider installing a child’s safety lock.
Leave Enough Room at Red Lights
While driving, you will constantly encounter red lights. However, most people don't have a good etiquette when it comes to them. You always need to be sure that you left enough room between you and a car in front of you. The measure should be approximately long enough to fit a car of your length between the two cars. This is important because it minimizes the chances of an accident occurring.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
It's absolutely essential to stay completely aware of your surroundings while driving. This will allow you to react quickly if you see a potentially dangerous situation on the road. It’s also important that you avoid any distractions while you’re behind the wheel. Avoid using your phone or changing radio stations whilst driving, no matter how clear you think the roads are.
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