Whether you spend the most time in your car alone or you regularly have family in there with you, making sure you’re safe on the road at all times is a must, not only for you and your loved ones, but for other road users. Accidents happen when you least expect them, and you never expect them to happen to you. By making sure you use the pointers here to stay safe on the road at all times, you’ll minimize your risk on the road and keep others safe.
Start Defensive Driving
Defensive driving is something you can take workshops for, but you really don’t need to do that. You can begin defensive driving right away; you just need to know what it is. It might sound like something James Bond would do when under threat from an enemy, but it’s actually pretty simple. Defensive driving means making sure your car is safe before you set off, and that you’re doing the speed limit, in the right gear, and paying your full attention to the road. It means making sure you’re pre-empting what other drivers on the road around you are doing so you can act accordingly. Sometimes, you may need to act fast to avoid an accident.
If you want to make sure you’re driving defensively to the full degree, consider taking a course or workshop.
Avoid Driving While Under The Influence
You should never drive under the influence if you want to ensure safety on the road at all times. There’s a reason that an emphasis has been put on dram shop liability lately; because more and more people are having a drink and then taking to the road. Drinking slows down your reaction times, and although you may feel fine, it puts you and others at risk. If you must have a drink, stay below the legal limit. In general, you shouldn’t have more than a couple of units to make sure you’re safe to drive. You might not even cause an accident, but if you get stopped and breathalyzed, you will get into trouble. It could mean a monetary fine, points on your license, and an order to do a drink driving awareness course. Those things may sound bad, but they’re still not as bad as taking somebody’s life.
Minimize Distractions Inside Of The Car
Minimizing distractions inside of the car before you set off is important. Put your phone in the glovebox and use an old fashioned sat nav if you need directions. Don’t have your music too loud, and if you have passengers, make sure you pay more attention to the road than the conversation. Having kids in the car can be just as distracting as using a phone too, so make sure they know how to act in the car, and if you need to deal with something, don’t do it while driving. Don’t turn around to pass your kids some snacks or to see what they are doing. Pull over if you have to!
Make sure you pay attention to this advice before it’s too late!