Safe driving practices are important to learn and put into effect. These are a handful of key safe driving practices to keep in mind.
Preparation steps to consider:
First, make sure that your driver’s seat, head restraint and mirrors are properly adjusted. The driver’s seat is usually adjusted to the driver’s personal preferences, however it is important to coordinate your mirrors to prevent blind spots. The head restraint is also about comfort to the driver. Nonetheless, it is there to prevent neck injury in a possible accident. Generally, it should be adjusted so the top of the head restraint is parallel to the top of your ears. Last, but certainly not least, fasten your seat belt. It does not matter if you are driving a long distance or just around the corner. Same goes for your passengers. Make sure everyone is wearing their seat belts to prevent injury or fatality in the event of a collision.
Use your turn signals:
- Turn signals help inform other drivers of your next move.
- During the last 100 feet before your turning point is when you turn on your signal.
- Always remember to use your signals when changing lanes.
- Use your turn signal for at least five seconds before pulling away from a curb.
- At least two seconds before changing lanes.
- At least three seconds before turning.
Follow the laws of the road:
- Always remember to come to a complete stop when pulling up to a stop sign. No rolling stop signs.
- Follow the posted speed limits. Try to keep your speed slightly under the maximum speed limit.
- Remember not to block intersections. Stop at green lights when traffic in front of you is not leaving the intersection. You never want to be in the middle of an intersection because it is very dangerous and is blocking the other cars from moving along.
- Whenever you see emergency vehicle with their lights on, you need to pull over. If they come up behind you move out of their way in the safest way possible.
Practicing safe driving is important for everyone’s safety.