Driving and Road Safety Tips: What to Watch Out

The roads are full of dangers that you should be looking well ahead to notice them before you get involved with any of them. If you are not paying attention you will miss it and by the time you know you are in an accident. Good drivers are always aware of what is going on around them. Usually, they happen in combination of several events. Here are a few of the problems to keep an eye and avoid.

Watch for Lane Hoggers: Highways are more dangerous due to high speed. When you are cruising on there, you need to see what is brewing ahead. A slowing traffic can be hazardous if you are not alert to it. You need to be careful with lane hoggers as well. They usually keep in the middle lane although they are traveling much slower than the traffic flow. When you are not paying attention, they could be like a sitting duck waiting to be crashed on to. You should let the automobiles wanting to go faster pass you by giving way as well.

Mind Long Vehicles: They have more dead spots. Don’t sit on their blind spot for long because you are invisible there. They may be able to see you coming and passing but if you are sitting there for a long period of time on the highway, they may not realize you are there and decide to change lanes. You need to keep this in mind and move along as fast as you can.

Aggressive Drivers: When you realize someone is aggressive you shouldn’t get worked out and pull back. They can easily cause an accident around them but somehow come clean of them and just speed off.  If someone is pushing too close to you, slow down and give a larger gap between your car and the one in front. Where possible you should let them pass.

Don’t Pay Attention to Gadgets: There are more and more distractions today. Not only stereo system, satellite navigation and computers in the car there are also hand-held devices like cell phones. The good thing is that a cell phone records every call and texts you receive and they will be there when you stop as well. You can always read them then or call people back. Otherwise, you probably cannot take your eyes off them with constant ringing and beeping

Don’t Get into Arguments with Passengers: A common distraction is a partner trying to drive the car with you on the passenger or backseat. Wives and husbands are the main culprits of this problem. If you realize that someone is too concerned you may want to slow down and show them that you are paying attention and being careful. Getting into argument with them doesn’t help in calming them down and affect you.

Be Prepared for the Worst: The auto may have a mechanical breakdown or tire blow out when you are travelling fast. Try to remain calm and slowly bring it to safety avoiding sharp reactions like braking hard or steering wildly. You may want to put hazard lights on immediately when you realize there is something wrong and warn others to fall back.

Be Aware of Weather Conditions: When the roads are wet just after a rain or when it is raining you should pay extra attention. There may be large water pools in the blind spot in front. Also, it will not be stopping as quickly as you think. So, keep the speed and distance in control. When there is ice or snow on the road you should progress at a steady and slower speed. High winds, storms, hailstorms and fog are some of the other problems to watch out. Always travel with lights on in bad weather.

Night Driving: It has its own dangers like tired or drunk drivers. Where possible try to stay off the roads after certain hours in particular on Friday and Saturday nights. Drunken pedestrians can be another problem in inner city roads. They may be in no condition to survey the surroundings and you should be watching out for them as well. Remember they don’t have to be sober to walk on the sidewalk.

Make Sure Children and Pets are Safe: Children can quickly get bored and want to move around in the vehicle. Make sure they have their seat belts are on all the time. Pets may be cute when you let them move freely within the automobile but they are major risk to drivers. Ideally, they should travel at the back with a net between them and the front of the auto.

Take Regular Breaks: If you are on a road trip you should remember to take plenty stops and get freshen. You may want to get to your destination as quickly as possible but it is better to reach there safely than never make it.

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