Whether you’re young or old, a newbie or veteran, record free or in need of some brushing up on current laws, driving is always something people can improve on.
Especially with our world of distractions these days, now is more important than ever to be cautious while on the road. Easily improve your skills as a driver by checking out these five simple tips.
Make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted.
This is especially important if you’re driving in a friend’s vehicle or in a car that sits at an abnormal height. Poor mirror adjustment can be the determining factor for not seeing blind spots, which can result in side swiping vehicles on the road, accidentally backing into another car while parking, or other even hitting pedestrians.
You can only prevent what you see coming, so it’s imperative that you take a quick thirty seconds to make any necessary adjustments before putting your car into drive.
Turn down the music.
Yes, it’s fun and exciting to blast your favorite tunes while driving. However, during harsh weather conditions such as rain, sleet, or snow, music can cause extra distractions that lead to serious hazards.
When this is the case, it’s best to have all of your sensory options available to detect any movements that could impact your vehicle or disrupt your lane. Turning down the music, even for a few minutes, could save you from a major disaster.
Don’t drive when you’re sleepy or otherwise ill.
I’m sure this one goes without saying, but several lawsuits occur each year that revolve around drivers not being in proper condition when driving. It’s always best to pull over at a safe location to rest before driving on the road, or let a trusting friend drive instead.
Another factor into impaired driving is major health conditions, many of which go undetected. Consult with a doctor before getting behind the wheel if you experience any symptoms of fainting, disorientation, dizziness, or other impactful indications that make you unfit to drive. You might want to look into the effects of mixing prescription medication, too.
Watch when you turn on cruise control.
You would think that securing a controlled speed would be a positive feature to a vehicle. However, in times of inclement weather, frequent traffic, or being near other unstable drivers, cruise control can do more harm than good.
While you can’t predict bad drivers around you, it’s best to always be extra aware when having your car in an automatic setting. Awareness, coupled with the ability to instantly change speeds, has its advantages when you’re faced with unknown or difficult situations.
Keep your hands on the wheel at all times, in the proper setting.
Have you ever heard of ten and two? Imagine the placement of those numbers on a clock. That’s the standard for where your hands should be on the steering wheel.
A common mistake amongst drivers, not having your hands in the right place on the steering wheel could lead to major accidents. Having your hands on the top part of the steering wheel allows you to quickly change your direction, which helps if you’re in front of a harmful vehicle, pedestrian, or animal in the middle of the road.