Everyday, we trust other people on the roads with our lives as we drive our daily commutes. Because driving is so commonplace, it often slips our minds to be diligent about driving safety. But when we hear statistics about how driving is more dangerous than flying and how most automobile deaths occur within one mile of the home, we are reminded to take driving safety very seriously. Here are some basic safety tips to keep in mind while on the road or preparing to go on the road.
First and foremost, before you set out on the road, it is imperative that you know your car is in working order. Even the best driver can put themselves and others in danger if their vehicle breaks down due to improper maintenance. For proper longterm vehicle maintenance, be sure to keep up on oil changes, fluid checks, tire rotations and replacements, break inspections and tune ups with a trusted automechanic. Before any long drives, be sure to check your tire pressure and oil to make sure nothing is impairing your vehicle’s performance.
Another large part of a driver’s responsibility is their education and preparedness for road rules and emergencies. Think ahead to emergency situations and keep emergency supplies stored in your vehicle, such as jumper cables to restart a dead battery. Take the time to read up on road rules and traffic laws, both at the national and regional level, to know what is required of you in any given driving situation.
And lastly, it is very important to make wise personal decisions when you are actually behind the wheel of a car. Never drive impaired due to tiredness or being under the influence of a substance. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and drug abuse help, and always pull over and rest if you are feeling tired. Stay alert and focused on the road. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by passengers, cell phones, music or other activities. The safety of you and others on the road depend on your decisions.