We’re in the middle of the summer season, which means more people are out on the road. As a driver, it’s important to be extra cautious and to be on the lookout for pedestrians and those sharing the road with you. We thought we’d provide you with a few tips on how to stay extra safe when driving this summer.
1. Pay Attention and Stay Alert
This is probably the most important (and maybe most obvious?) tip of all. There will always be a distracted driver on the road: looking at their phones, daydreaming, eating or reaching for something inside of their car. It happens all the time and it’s up to you to be alert and to always be aware of your surroundings. You also need to be on the lookout for pedestrians and bike riders. They will always have the right away and it can be hard to predict what their next move is going to be. It’s up to you to always be thinking at least two steps ahead.
Another important note is to avoid tunnel vision while you are driving. By just focusing on the car in front of you, you become unaware of additional surroundings. Tunnel vision can cause you to miss signs, signals and you won’t know what the other cars around you are doing. As a driver, you need to pay attention to all of your surroundings and stay alert.
2. Signal Sooner and Pass with Caution
Signaling is not only a common courtesy, but is one of the simplest safety tasks that you can do. Many of us either forget to signal or no longer think it’s important, and it’s a flaw that leads to frequent accidents. Don’t overlook these common and important times to engage your blinker:
- Indicate around parked cars
- Indicate at a roundabout
- Signal when parallel parking
And maybe most importantly,
- Indicate when merging or changing lanes to keep everyone on the road informed and safe, including yourself.
3. Avoid Blind Spots
Every car has a blind spot. If a car is in front of you, in the lane over, and you can’t see the driver in their side mirror, then you are in their blind spot and you need to move as safely as possible.Before you start driving, adjust both of your side mirrors and your rearview mirror first thing. You want to make sure that you can properly see all around you as best as possible to minimize the risk of getting into an accident.
4. Keep Enough Distance Between Vehicles
We cannot stress this one enough! You should always be a car distance or at least 4 seconds behind a vehicle. This will greatly lower your chances of getting into an accident if the car in front of you was to abruptly stop.
Important Tip: If you notice a car tailgating you, DON’T break check them and DON’T speed up or slow down. Signal, look and get out of the lane to avoid anything bad from happening.
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