Two Seemingly Simple Tips For Safe Driving
Driving is one of those things that experienced drivers take for granted. Every element of driving becomes second nature and comes with very little thought as they make their way here and there. As a new driver, there is a lot to learn – more than you will find in any driver’s manual. Below, you will find two seemingly simple tips that are very effective in keeping you save while out on the roads.
Mirrors – Use them Right!
You know the mirrors on the sides of the car – adjusting them properly will help to eliminate the blind spots that you have while driving. Unfortunately, even the most experienced drivers tend to adjust these mirrors improperly.
When you get in the car, the first thing you should do is check all three of the mirrors. The two mirrors on the side of the car should be positioned in a way that prevents you from seeing any part of your own car. Those mirrors are meant to show you what is coming up beside both sides of your car. Many drivers position these mirrors to see what is directly behind them instead of what is coming up from the rear of each side.
The rear view mirror on the windshield will show you what is directly behind you. Having the side mirrors adjusted to show you what is directly behind you is wasting their capabilities to show you what is approaching your car from behind on both sides.
Note: Some parents adjust the rearview mirror to see what their kids are doing in the backseat. Instead of compromising your view behind your car, invest in the small clip-on mirrors that are meant to give you a clear view of what is going on in the backseat without taking away from your ability to maintain focus on the cars behind you and the road in front of you.
Depend on Traffic – Not Road Signs
Yes, the road signs are there to help you, but you can’t always depend on them to provide you with the information that you need to stay safe while on the roads. What happens if someone steals or knocks down a yield sign and you side-swipe a vehicle trying to merge on a road that you should have yielded to enter? You will be the one held liable for the accident.
When a traffic light is green, you do have the right of way, but what if someone in the cross traffic didn’t notice the red light that their lane of traffic has at the time? Don’t always assume that just because the light is green that it is safe to proceed with no concern – always pay attention to everything that is going on around you to avoid collisions with other vehicles that might not have drivers that do pay attention to the other vehicles on the road.
Becoming the safest possible driver will help to reduce the chances of accidents and in turn protect your lower insurance rates.