It’s easy for us to just jump in our vehicles and take off. We do it all the time. I mean how often does anyone actually think about how to drive safely?
Well, I do. I can’t remember the last time I drove off without putting on my seat belt at least. I honestly feel naked without it being on, no joke.
I’ve heard about too many incidents with people getting into car accidents and majority of them were not wearing their seat belt.
I’ve often talked on my cell phone and texted as well. I’m guilty though. I do still talk on my cell phone while I drive, but I’m working on getting an ear piece.
We do all these things while we drive and yet we forget how they interfere with our safety. Now I’m not saying you have to drive with your face stuck to the windshield, but just a few tips on driving safely can go a long way.
Here are 5 tips on safe driving…
1. Don’t talk or text
It’s natural just to pick up your phone and make an important call or send a text while driving. It’s even more natural to answer your phone when it’s ringing. The truth of the matter is that it’s dangerous.
When you’re busy on your phone, it makes you less aware of what’s going on around you and your driving ability goes down.
I was on the phone with my husband one day at a stop light. I was about to make a right turn and was making sure that no other vehicles were coming my way. I attempted to turn as I was clear of any vehicles, but apparently not of pedestrians.
I almost hit this guy walking across the street and boy was he mad. I couldn’t blame him though. I would have been mad too. It seemed that I was so into my conversation that I completely missed the obvious… pedestrians have the right away.
So even though you may think you can do two things at once and that you’re that good where you can talk or text and drive at the same time… you’re not.
Turn off your phone while driving. If you absolutely need to talk while driving, consider an ear piece. As far as solutions go for texting… you don’t absolutely need to text while driving. No, you really don’t.
2. Always wear your seat belt
You know, it’s amazing to me just how many people don’t wear their seat belts. Some think it is lame and others think it gets in the way. Whatever your excuse may for not wearing it if you don’t, it’s not good enough.
You’re a lot safer wearing your seat belt than you are not wearing it. Besides, a little bit of discomfort from wearing it just may save your life.
3. Drive for other people
I know that you’re usually taught the basics about driving, but rarely does anyone mention that you have to drive for other people as well.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to smash on my breaks because some idiot decided they wanted to jet out in front of me or acted like they wanted to run their stop sign.
It’s a full time job driving. What, did you think it would be easy? Not in the least. You have to always be alert. Other people aren’t as aware when driving so you have to be prepared for anything.
4. Keep distractions to a minimum
While texting and talking on the phone can definitely be a minus, you want to also keep any other distractions to a minimum. This includes loud music and mini partying in your vehicle.
It’s easy to jump in your car with a bunch of your friends, blast the music and take off. While it may seem fun in the beginning, it can lead to disaster.
While you and your friends are laughing, joking and grooving to the music, how focused are you on the road? Not so much, right?
It’s nothing wrong with having fun and grooving to the music, but when it prevents you from being 100% focused on the road, you may need to think about what’s most important.
5. Maintain your vehicle
You know how you eat and sleep every day and that keeps you going? You go to the doctor when you’re sick in order to keep your body healthy. Well, it’s the same way with your vehicle.
If you stop eating, sleeping and doing everything else that keeps you going, you won’t last long. If you don’t feed your vehicle the things that it needs in order to keep going, it won’t last long either.
Maintaining your vehicle has a lot to do with your safety. What happens if you’re driving one night and all of a sudden your car stops because you forgot to put gas in it? Right now you’re stranded.
Of course you can easily get on your cell and call for help, but that’s not the point. The point is that until help arrives, you’re stranded in the middle of the night.
Try to keep your vehicle running as good as new. If you take care of it, it will take care of you.
Do you have any additional tips on how to drive safely?