When you spend a lot of time out on the roads, you want safety to be at the top of your priority list.
That said are you doing all you can to make each trip you take as safe as can be?
At the core of your defensive driving strategies should be the following:
· Obeying the rules of the road
· Making sure your vehicle has the proper safety equipment
· Having your vehicle checked on a regular basis for maintenance needs
· Steering clear of bad driving habits
With that in mind, how safe are your experiences each time out?
Make Sure You Are Not Placing Yourself in Harm’s Way
So that you are doing all you can to make your roadway ventures safe, remember these four tips:
1. Obeying the rules of the road
Of utmost importance, make sure you do everything possible to be a good driver.
Sure, it can be easy to lose track of the roadway rules. This includes allowing yourself to speed and get involved in road rage incidents. In the end, yet, you’re oftentimes the one who loses.
When it comes to road rage, it can prove deadly for both you and others sharing the road. If someone cuts you off, tailgates you and more, do your best to avoid confronting them.
As for your own actions behind the wheel, do your best to stay within the approved speed limits. You should also make sure you use your turn signals, not tailgate, and brake as needed.
2. Equipping your vehicle
When you stop and look at your vehicle, how safe is it?
For many vehicle owners, their cars or trucks are unfortunately not as safe as they could and should be.
For instance, do you have backup camera system in your vehicle? If not, you are missing out on a great safety tool.
In the need for a backup camera system, be sure you have one installed in your car, truck, even an RV if you own one.
That system could save you both injuries and money over time. By being able to see what is behind you at all times, there is less opportunity for accidents.
3. Regular maintenance check-ups
As you need to tend to your own physical needs, the same holds true of your vehicle.
Checking tires, maintaining fluid levels and sound brakes mean improved safety. While some of those tasks you can do on your own, don’t neglect taking your vehicle to a certified mechanic.
If you think you are saving money by steering clear of regular maintenance intervals, you are not.
Not only will financial costs be more down the road, you could be putting you and others in jeopardy out on the roads.
4. Don’t fall into pattern of bad habits
Are you someone who has a nasty habit of driving while texting or talking on the phone? Do you find yourself falling dozing off even for a second or two behind the wheel? What about trying to apply makeup or reading a newspaper or magazine while driving to work?
Any of those bad habits (and others) can end up proving quite deadly.
Do your absolute best to concentrate on the road at all times. In doing so, you reduce the odds of being in a serious accident.
In the event you do need to use your cell phone in an emergency, do your best to pull off the road before making that call.
So, are you doing the best you can each time you get behind the wheel?