Safe driving practices are very important for a vehicle driver to adhere to because this is the only way that he can ensure of a safe and hassle free travel. Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed that most traffic fatalities in California alone are traced to vehicle over-speeding and non-use of seat belt restraints. A considerably high level of alertness combined with the observance of safe driving practices has been proven to save lives and prevent injuries to drivers and vehicle passengers.
A vehicle driver should always follow these tips:
- Avoid changing lanes.
- Always make a signal while passing other vehicle
- Turn your head to check for mirror blind spots for other traffic once in a while.
- Maintain a three to four second distance between the vehicle you are driving and the vehicle in front of you.
- When entering crosswalks, railroad crossings and intersections, look in both directions to confirm presence of pedestrians.
- Remember to always scan controlled intersections for oncoming cross traffic and not rely only on traffic signals.
Basic safe driving practices
Some basic safety driving practices are using the seat belts all the time either if you are a driver or a passenger. Be well rested before driving and avoid the intake of alcohol before driving and while driving. You should also avoid taking medications which can make you drowsy when you are about to driven. Always keep your cool when driving and avoid distractions such as loud music, eating, talking to or using your cellphone, adjusting radio or other controls.
Other things to remember are:
- Avoid aggressive driving
- Always be courteous and patient to other drivers by not taking other driver’s actions personally.
- Reduce your stress by planning ahead of time what route you want to take.
- Bring maps and directions.
- Make sure that your tires are properly inflated since tires bear the weight of the vehicle as well as of the vehicle contents. Properly inflated tires also reduce fuel consumption.
- Slow down when roads are wet or slippery and always train your eyes to anticipate the path ahead or just focus as far ahead as you can see either during night or day driving.
Have a safe driving!