What is the most dangerous hazard on the road these days?
Is it faulty brakes or equipment? Is it driving under the influence?
Can it be debris on the road?
No matter what these hazards on the road are, there are many steps that you can take to avoid them.
Safe driving not only saves your life, it also saves the lives of those on board your vehicle, other drivers on the road, and the pedestrians. The tips below could save your life and the lives of others:
- Ensure that your car is in the best shape. Check if the fluids are at the precise levels, gas tanks have been filled up, and tires have been inflated properly. For longer travels, have your car checked by a mechanic.
- Always pay attention. Your very first line of defense in any emergency situation that occurs on the road is your ability to perceive threats. Don’t let your cell phone, MP3 player, or other things distract you. If you are distracted by these things, it will put you at a great risk of having an accident.
Studies done by the University of Utah show that distractions, like talking or texting, can increase your chances of meeting a vehicular accident by 400%! Obviously, the very first step is to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
- Drive with a preventative approach. Do not assume that the car in front of you is going to do what you expect it do to. Drivers do unexpected things on the road and you will never know what’s going to happen next.
- Ensure your car is where it needs to be always. Even when paying attention to the cars all around you, it is still possible to forget checking your own car. Ensure that you’re staying in your lane and that you have enough time to move into a different lane whenever you need to turn or leave the interstate.
The best way to do this is to ensure that your speed is reasonable and that your distance from other cars will give you enough time to stop whenever possible.
You can prepare yourself for any emergency situation by following helpful tips for safe driving. These tips will not only directly help you but you can also share them with others, making them safe on the road as well. Becoming a safer driver will not only protect you but also other lives on the road.