Despite what many automobile manufacturers may tell you, the roads aren’t safe anymore! In fact, with the millions of cars which get added to the roads around the world each year, it is anything but safe for the pedestrians and the drivers alike. Remember all the things you learned when you first got your driver’s license about the exact position where hands should be on the steering wheel, the precise angle at which you should adjust the rear-view mirror and the exact distance that you must keep between your vehicle and another vehicle in the traffic? Well, all that knowledge is hardly ever used by most drivers today because of how long and frustrating commuting has become. So, what must you do to keep yourself and everyone else on the streets safe from possible danger? Here are a few useful pointers to get you started.
Don’t Hit the Road in a Hurry
Today, driving in a hurry is nothing new and even the most punctual of individuals are forced to travel a little faster and a more reckless than usual because the roads are so much unexpected and almost all the time factors such as accidents, reconstructions or plain old traffic might necessitate a lengthy detour. Therefore, take all these factors into consideration before you hit the road and always try to leave plenty of slack time so that you will be ready to handle anything the route will throw at you,
Stay Focused, Don’t Get Distracted!
To stay focused while driving is to stay attentive to the many things that can easily change in a matter of seconds in the most unexpected way, so that you can react accordingly and minimize the damage that could be caused as much as possible. For this, you should not only have a good view of what lies in front of you but all around you. So make sure you have rear view mirrors, side mirrors and reverse camera kits installed.
Getting distracted is an entirely different matter and in today’s context, one major source of distraction which results in over 330,000 roadside injuries every year is the texting while driving. As harmless as it may seem to you at times, this is as bad as drunk driving and must never be attempted no matter how great a driver you are. Pull over if you really need to drop that text!
Maintain Your Vehicle
This is probably one of the most important steps towards making the roads safer, and it stars with your own car. Be sure to give your car regular maintenance by taking it down to the automobile service station at least once every month and getting it fully tested. An untested vehicle is simply unsafe for the streets where so many other people travel and if things go wrong in an unfortunate fashion, you will be held responsible for all the damage caused by your unfit ride. Get your oils changed regularly and replace any broken lights before ever driving the car again. Special attention must also be given to the tire pressure and the performance of the engine, which are both integral to the performance of the vehicle.