You are responsible for the safety of other drivers and pedestrians, as well as your own and any passenger riding with you, whenever you get behind the wheel. There are more distractions than ever before, so it is essential to be a better and more responsible driver too.
Here are some tips on how to be a better driver.
Be Ready to Drive
Before driving, make sure everything is in order. Your seatbelt is buckled, and your seat is a comfortable distance from the wheel and the pedals. The rearview and side mirrors are in a position that gives you the most optimal view of your surroundings.
Keep Your Car Ready
Your car should be ready the moment you enter it. Don’t neglect your motor oil, as that is the fastest way to damage your car’s most expensive and important part. Don’t drive on tyres with low tread, or tyres that are not right for the season. Visit an Eco Tyre store like Tyre Tracks to get winter tyres or summer tyres, depending on the season. If that’s too much trouble for you, get all-season tyres.
Plan Your Trips
Planning your trips can save you time and help keep you safe. Your vehicle is ready, and everything you need is in the vehicle, so there is no need to turn around to pick something up that you left. You will get enough rest so you can avoid feeling drowsy at the wheel, which is a recipe for most car accidents. You can also plan where to rest, eat or take bathroom breaks.
Multitasking doesn’t work, especially when you’re driving. Texting while driving has become a leading cause of road accidents. Memorise the inside of your car, so if you have to fidget with the radio, you can still keep your eyes and attention on the road. Keep infants and small children in a car seat fastened in the back, not in the front passenger seat. If you have to attend to your child, look for a safe area to pull over.
Take a Race Car Driving Class
Contrary to popular belief, professional race car drivers don’t go speeding on regular roads all the time. They are the safest drivers on public roads and streets. That’s because of their above-average driving skills and manoeuvres. You don’t have to be a professional race car driver, but you can take racing classes to enhance your driving skills and correct bad habits. It’s exciting, and it also happens to make you a much better driver.
You owe it to yourself to be a better and more disciplined, defensive driver. Use these tips to improve how you handle the wheel at all times, and to keep yourself, your passengers, and the people and the property you pass on the road, safe.