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Safe Driving Tips

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Many accidents could be avoided if every driver followed some safe driving tips. These are things that we are taught when we are young, but tend to forget or ignore as we get older. These tips are important though, and if everyone followed them, the roads would be a much better place. To do your part, follow these safe driving tips as best as you can:

  • Obey the speed limit – This is an obvious one, but one that most people ignore. The speed limits are there for a reason, and we should all try and follow them more closely. Even going just a few ticks above the limit should try to be avoided. We know it can be easy, when there is no one around to just go a little faster. Try and be more aware of it though, and remember that getting to your destination alive is more important than getting there 2 minutes earlier.
  • Turn on your lights – We know that we are supposed to turn on our headlights at night, but there are other times you should turn them on as well. If it is raining our snowing out, you should have your lights on. You should also have your lights on in the morning before it gets light out, and in the evening as the sun goes down. While the lights may not be helping you see necessarily, they do make your car more visible so that other people can see you better.
  • Use your blinker – This is another one that should be obvious, but a lot of us forget. Turn on your blinker well before you make your turn to let other drivers know what you are doing, and to give them time to react. Don’t just put on your blinker as you are moving over, as this kind of defeats the purpose.
  • Check your blind spot – Along with using your blinker better, this one is important when you are changing lanes. We can’t always see what is behind us just by looking in the mirror, so you have to check for yourself. Take a quick peak and make sure nothing is in your way before you go swerving over into the next lane.
  • Keep your hands on the wheel – We are taught to drive with two hands on the wheel, but many of us kick this habit very early on. We shouldn’t though, as driving with two hands gives us much more control over the vehicle.
  • Avoid distractions – Don’t just keep your hands on the wheel, but keep them from doing other things. No texting, or fooling around with the radio knobs as you drive. Try to avoid eating, drinking, putting on makeup, or anything else that will divide your attention. You need both hands to drive, and chances are if you need two hands to do something, your brain should be in on it too.
  • Wear your seat belt – Lastly, always buckle up. We know that the belt can be uncomfortable, but it can really save your life. You have no idea when someone behind you will stop paying attention and come slamming into you. Protect yourself by wearing your seat belt, no matter how uncomfortable you may think it is. Even if you are just driving around the corner, always put it on.

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