The top 10 safe driving tips are very reliable guidelines for vehicle drivers to practice safe driving. This will minimize the number of car crash and accidents which are the leading cause of deaths in the United States for drivers, passengers and pedestrians between the ages of 3 and 34.
1. Don’t drive when drunk.
Excessive amount of alcohol in your body can cause many impairments which lead to car accidents. If you are scheduled to go to a place where alcoholic beverages are to be served, try to take a taxi instead of driving your way to the place. If a drinking session is unscheduled, then just leave your vehicle behind and take a cab home or ask a sober friend with a vehicle to drive you home. A little inconvenience of taking a cab and leaving your vehicle behind is just too small compared with the fatal consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.
2. Don’t over speed when driving.
Over speeding is a leading cause of vehicle collisions or traffic crashes. It is very important to abide by the speed limitations imposed in the area where you drive.
3. Always wear your seat belt.
Drivers as well as passengers should abide by the guidelines provided by the seat belt law since seat belts have been proven to save lives during crashes or vehicle collisions. Even a car traveling at a slow speed but which suddenly gets into a crash can cause serious injuries to a person not wearing a seat belt while in the vehicle.
4. Take extra precautions when driving under bad weather.
Bad visibility caused by fog, snow or strong rains and winds can lead to serious accidents. A driver experiencing these conditions should drive slowly or below the speed limit, maintain a favorable distance from the vehicle ahead, and be really careful when driving through curves. If the weather worsens, it is advised to just find a safe place to stay until the extreme weather fades.
5. Practice defensive driving.
An aggressive driver is more likely to experience an accident than a driver who maintains a safe distance from vehicle ahead without over-speeding. A driver who practices defensive driving is also always calm even in heavy traffic and do not abruptly change lanes. Practice to yield to other aggressive driving cars even if you have the right of way. Patience is always a virtue.
6. Keep your vehicle on top condition at all times.
Vehicle maintenance is not only one way to increase the life of your vehicle but is also of preventing accidents due to mechanical problems. Make sure your tire has the right pressure because uneven tire pressures can lead to a blowout. Make sure all pressure gauges are working. You should also subject your car to regular checkup by a certified mechanic if you have been using it for a significant number of years.
7. Avoid distractions.
Using cellphone while driving has been blamed for a number of vehicular accidents. Makes sure you focus on driving regardless of what is around such as billboards with sexy images or what is happening around such as a commotion in sidewalks. Eating, putting on make-up or listening to loud music while driving should also be avoided.
8. Avoid driving when drowsy.
Makes sure that you haven taken enough sleep before driving especially when traveling on long trips. Two seconds of falling asleep while driving can be disastrous. Avoid taking medicines that make you drowsy before you drive. This can also impair your vision and your ability to drive.
Keeping at a distance at all times with the vehicle ahead
Maintaining a calculable but safe distance between your car and another vehicle ahead can give you an advantage when suddenly the latter steps on his brake.
Anticipating what could be happening ahead of you when driving.
Always be on guard and anticipate what can happen on the road while driving. Major mishaps happen when the driver is caught by surprise with a sudden swerve on a curve or jolt from the vehicle ahead.