Driving can be intimidating and should always be taken seriously, by new and experienced drivers. Here are some safety tips that will help keep you (and others) safe on the road.
- Don’t talk on your phone/text. This should be
pretty obvious. Texting while driving is one of the leading causes of accidents
on the road. More than one million car accidents can be attributed to cell
phone usage, each year! Looking down for even a moment can greatly increase
your risk for a car accident. Talking while driving isn’t much better. Even if
you’re using a hands-free set, the conversation itself can be distracting and
cause you to not pay attention to the road.
- Avoid distractions. Along with texting or
talking on the phone, there are many other distractions like drinking, eating,
playing music loudly, reading maps or using a navigation system, doing your
makeup, brushing your hair and many more. It is important to always keep your
eyes on the road and if you drop something or need to make an adjustment while
in your vehicle, it’s best to pull over to the side of the road.
- Don’t drive when tired. Studies have shown that
driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. Being drowsy can
lead to slower reaction time, impair judgement and decision making.
- Obey the speed limit. When you’re a new driver,
you may feel pressure to keep up with traffic, even if they are going 10-15
miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit. Pay attention to the speed
limit and stay in the right lane, especially if you’re on an unfamiliar road or
one with lots of traffic.
- Always wear your seat belt. This may seem
obvious, but it’s important to wear your seat belt EVERY TIME you get in a car.