The open road can be a dangerous place. Even though plenty of people travel from point A to point B on a daily basis without having an accidents, accidents can and do happen. You put yourself at even more risk of being in an accident when you don’t practice safety on the road and behind the wheel.
If you want to be a safer driver you need to start with yourself. You need to not only pay attention to what you are doing, but to what the people on the road around you are doing as well. It’s a true test of multitasking.
Don’t Drive Distracted
Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents, and it’s not just something that happens when you text and drive. There are many things, aside from your phone, that can take your eyes off the road for even a second, and a second is long enough to cause an accident.
Other things that can distract you while you’re driving include children in the backseat, messing with the radio or stereo, and even your adult passengers. Focus on the road and you’ll be safer. Phone calls, food, and putting on eyeliner can wait until you’re done driving.
Follow The Posted Speed Limits
Speed limits are different from country to country, town to town, and state to state. Pay attention to the signs and obey what they say. You’ll definitely work toward avoiding a ticket this way. Plus, a steady speed can help with your gas mileage.
If everyone is going the same speed, it is less likely for an accident to occur. Yes, other things can happen, but it is less likely. You do, however, want to slow down in bad weather or when the roads are icy.
Always See The Big Picture
Seeing the big picture means not only paying attention to what you are doing behind the wheel. Also, be alert to everything going on around you. If you live in an area with mountains you want to watch for rock slides. If you live someplace with a lot of wildlife, you want to be watching for them to avoid a car/deer accident.
This means having your eyes in many places at once. That is why it is important to not be distracted when you are driving. An accident can happen in an instant.
Know The Laws Where You’re Driving
Just as there are different speed limits all over the world, and your own continent, there are also different driving laws everywhere. Ignorance is no excuse and you’ll still get a ticket even if you’re not from that area and didn’t know the laws. No matter what area you’re in, there’s always going to be drink driving laws. The limit might change slightly depending on the place that you’re in, but it’s always best to be safe and go under no matter what, even better if you can just avoid any drinks at all before driving. If you’re likely to be in situations where it might be necessary to have one small drink before you get behind the wheel, make sure that you buy a good quality breathalyser to ensure that you’re keeping track of what you’ve had – people can pour generous measures that trick you!
The internet has made it easy to know what’s lawful and what’s not, even when it comes to driving. Before you get behind the wheel in a different area of the world look up the laws and make sure you obey them.