Driving is not just a right; it is a privilege. By giving you a driver’s license, your state is trusting you to know how to handle a motor vehicle not only for your convenience but also for your safety and the safety of the people around you. Here are some suggestions on how you can make yourself a safer driver.
Keep your vehicle in good condition.
Human error causes most accidents, but some other factors also come into play in other situations. One of these is a neglected vehicle. A tire blow-out, a stall in the middle of a busy highway – it can be any of these things. Take good care of your car and take it to a mechanic who is an expert in your car’s make and model. For example, if you drive an Audi, take it in for proper Audi service at a specialist shop like the Shadetree Automotive in Layton.
Drive only when you are in a condition to drive.
Not driving when you are intoxicated is a no-brainer, but there are other situations when you should not be behind the wheel either. When you are sleepy, for instance, it only takes a second – that second when you nod off – to get in a deadly accident. You should not be driving also if you are drowsy from some medication that impairs your ability to stay alert and react fast.
Look several cars ahead.
It is easy to be lulled into a comfort zone by looking at the car you are following. Learn to shift your attention from the car in front of you to what’s going on several car lengths ahead and back. At the very least, this can help keep you from being stuck in the wrong lane. In other situations, it can give you enough reaction time to avoid a crash.
There are many other driving tips you can learn to make yourself a better driver. The best one is to take a defensive driving course, which is bound to give you a real-life view of these tips from a professional instructor. Who knows which of these can save a life one day?