Getting behind the wheel is most likely the most dangerous thing you will do all day. Around 36,000 motor vehicle deaths were reported in 2018 in the US. Although you cannot control the actions of other motorists when on the road, you in fact do have a decent degree of control when it comes to operating your own vehicle. Visit us or read on to find out 7 defensive driving tips to keep you safe on the road.
Keep your eyes on the road
It’s easy to get distracted when driving. You should never let incoming text messages, heated discussions or try to multitask in any way when driving. Keep both eyes on the road at all times, if there is an emergency that would require you to do something else then look for a safe place to pull over.
Keep within speed limits at all times. The speed limits are there for a reason, which is to keep you safe. The faster you go, the longer it would take to stop should there be a need for it.
Stop on red
This may seem like a no brainer but the leading cause of intersection collisions is running a red light. Sometimes it’s due to a lack of attention or being in a rush to reach your destination. It’s best to come to a full stop and never beat the red light.
Use your blinkers
Using your blinkers correctly makes for a safe and predictable lane change. Giving adequate time to signal is just as important. It’s not enough just to use your blinkers the very moment you intend to change lanes.
This cannot be emphasized enough. Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front at all times. Allow for at least 2 seconds or more in lead time in good weather, increase the time when in bad weather.
Check your tires
Your tires are the only moving part that makes contact with the road. It is imperative that tyre pressure is checked every 2 weeks. You should also check the tyre thread, there is nothing more dangerous that driving in the rain with worn out tires.