Driving tips for staying safe on the roads
Whether you're driving 5 minutes to buy groceries or you are heading on a long road trip, you should always be as safe on the roads as possible. Here are some tried and tested tips to keep you safe on the roads.
Have some rest before driving
Whenever you are planning to go on a long drive always make sure that you get enough sleep and that you have eaten a good meal before hitting the road. Being tired or hungry will make you lose concentration on the road, which may end up being harmful or even fatal for you and any others on the road with you.
Have some breaks and snacks while driving
Take a break every two to three hours to refresh and stretch. Even if you don't feel tired, pull over for two minutes to get some fresh air and grab a snack to ensure that you are alert for the entire journey.
Do not text or call
Put your cellphone away! Texting while driving is quickly becoming one of the highest causes of accidents worldwide. Put your cellphone in the boot of your car or in the cubbyhole so that you aren't tempted to look at it while driving. If you are waiting for an urgent call or text, always pull off the road before answering: a call back worth much more than an accident!
Fasten your seat-belt
This tip should go without saying, but it is absolutely vital to make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seat-belt. Not only will it keep you safe, but it's also mandatory.
Respect speed limits
Stick to the speed limit. While this may seem obvious to you, speeding while driving is both illegal and senseless. Not only can speeding cause serious accidents but it can also cost you a pretty penny if you are caught doing it. Moreover, despite most people think, driving faster will not make you save a lot of time. Here is a small example: driving 85 mph instead of 70 mph during 50 kms will only allow you to save around 5 minutes! What do you think is more important: 5 min late or your life?
Adapt your driving to the environment
If you're driving through fog, heavy rain or wet roads, be extra cautious. Drive below the speed limit and maintain space between you and the car ahead. Put your lights on and remember to be vigilant about what other drivers are doing on the road. In a broader extent, always reduce your speed when the driving conditions are not optimal (roadworks, night time and other difficulties).
Ride a safe vehicle
Lastly, always make sure that your vehicle is safe. Vehicle maintenance isn't just an important way to extent your car's life, it's a major safety issue. Be aware of any potential safety issues and get them repaired before they lead to an accident. Also don't forget to check your tires regularly to make sure you aren't driving on soft or worn tires.