How safe are you when you are driving? You have been driving for many years now, so are you automatically a safe driver? Are you doing what you are supposed to be doing to prevent an accident or avoid getting stuck on the side of the road needing help? You may think you are safe, but Highway 30 Garage wants to go over a few tips to help you to continue to be safe. In the process, they may even help you realize that you aren’t as safe as you thought you were.
How Can Technology Affect Driving?
The technology in cars is so advanced and is capable of doing amazing things to help you stay safe and know what is around you. But you need to remember that it is still technology. These technologies are only meant to assist you. Not take the place of you still doing your job of turning and looking for yourself. You should not rely on backup cameras and lane shift sensors, etc. alone, you need to double-check before you proceed.
Perform Routine Car Safety Checks
With a car, you need to make sure you take care of it. Yes, you want a car that looks nice and gets you places. If you don’t take care of your car then you will have problems and end up breaking down on the side of the road. You want to make sure you change your oil, rotate your tires regularly, and check tire pressure periodically. Always check your lights. Often you don’t even know one is out. Make sure you check brake lights, turn signals, and headlights. If your lights aren’t working the people around you can’t see you and don’t know what you are doing.
Avoid Aggressive Driving
When you are late or someone isn’t driving the way you want them to, it can be easy to get annoyed and start driving aggressively. Weaving in and out of traffic, speeding, tailgating, rolling thru stop signs, making risky lane changes, and speeding up to beat yellow lights are just some examples of aggressive driving. This is a great way to get a ticket, but it can also cause an accident with another car or even you just running into something because you lost control of the car.
When driving there can be a lot of distractions that are going on at the same time you are driving. The best thing is to try and limit the amount of multitasking you are doing in the car. This can include but is not limited to, changing radio stations, putting on makeup, trying to deal with the kids in the backseat, and checking text messages or social media. When it comes to the phone, make-up, or kids, you can pull over and deal with the issue and then get back on the road. With the radio, a lot of cars now have the buttons on the back of the steering wheel to help change the station or song. Trying to avoid multitasking and distractions can help keep you safe on the road.
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When driving, following these few tips that Highway 30 Garage has provided can really help keep you off the side of the road and driving safely to your destination. And call us should you need a tow, roadside assistance or mechanical repairs.