Being a safe driver is important on the roadways with as many motorists as there are out there driving these days. The more licensed drivers there are the more motor vehicles end up on the roads. If you do not drive safely and defensively, you can end up in trouble and possibly involved in an accident. Here are tips on how to be a safer driver on highways and byways that you drive.
Drive within the speed limit. Speed limits are studied thoroughly before being posted. The maximum speed is what the state or locality has deemed to be the fastest that one could drive safely. Speeds are lowered on minor streets or main streets with many intersections to keep people safe inside and outside of cars.
Leave stopping distance. Keep enough stopping space between your car and the vehicle in front of you. This will allow you to have some cushion if they come to a sudden stop and you too must stop short. Tailgating is driving too close to the vehicle in front of you and can lead to a rear-end accident with you at fault.
Use turn signals Turn signals indicate to other drivers that you are changing lanes or turning. Using these indicators will warn others of your movement and allow the other motorist to driving accordingly around your.
Wear you seat belt. Having your seat belt buckled up will help you if you get in an accident. It is wise to wear the seat belt for this reason alone but especially if you have children riding in your car so that, you are a good role model for them. In addition, most states have safety belt laws now; this means you could be ticketed for not wearing your seat belt.
Drive according to the road conditions. Driving on a dry road is much easier than on wet or icy pavement. You do not have as much control of the vehicle during these types of conditions as you normally would. You need to slow down and drive more carefully in inclement weather.
Be aware of the other motorists. It will help you to be a safer driver if you pay attention to what the cars and motorists are doing around you. Mirrors on the car can only help so much. If you have been paying attention, you will know when a car is in your "blind spot" and can drive accordingly.
Focus on the roadway. Related to being aware of other motorists is paying attention to everything on the roadway. This includes the vehicles around you as well as any signage. This way you will not miss an exit or be in the wrong lane to get to your destination. Focusing on the road also means not talking on your phone, reading the newspaper or applying your makeup in the vehicle. Doing any of these things can take your concentration away from driving and cause you to make an error.
Do not drive when tired or fatigued. Studies have found driving when drowsy can be worse than having a drunk driver at the wheel. If you are fatigued, it is likely you are unable to get your mind to focus on the road. You can even nod off at the wheel, which is like having no one at the wheel, and it is likely you will crash.
Being a safe driver means concentrating on the road and obeying the traffic laws. The best way to allow yourself to do both of these items is to give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. This way you can drive slower and pay more attention to roadways and byways on which you drive.