Getting behind the wheel entails more than knowing how to drive. It requires having a mindset to ensure that you and the other passengers with you in the vehicle are safe. A good driver obeys all the traffic and road rules and will be mindful of the road issues that may cause accidents to you and other vehicles on the road with you.
Being a defensive driver and knowing how to handle yourself on the road will ensure that each drive you embark on will be safe. This blog post will shed some light on the most common issues drivers experience on the road and how to avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation while on the road.
3 Common Road Issues Responsible Drivers Should Avoid
1 – Seatbelt Laws
There are many laws that govern properly wearing seatbelts when your vehicle is moving. To avoid paying any fines, it is important to make sure that you are always wearing your seatbelt when driving. To ensure that you take full advantage of your vehicle’s safety features, it is also important that you ensure that all your passengers are safely strapped in as well. Small children should be safely in car seats that are firmly positioned in your car.
Following these laws go farther than just being a law abiding citizen. Seat belt laws have been set in place specifically to make sure that you are kept safe in case anything untoward from happening. Part of this law includes making sure that all your vehicle’s seat belts are fully functional.
2 – Texting
It is extremely unwise to text or even to answer calls while driving. If the conversation is not important, it is best not to answer the call or text while you are driving. If answering the text is of extreme importance or urgency, you should find a suitable place on the side of the road to pull over and completely stop the car before you start texting.
Keep in mind that texting takes a great deal of your concentration and will require you to take your eyes away from the road in front of you. While you are on the road, all your attention should be focused on the road, traffic signals and the signal lights of other vehicles. It only takes a few seconds for an accident to happen. No matter how seasoned a driver you are, you should never text while driving.
3 – Driving After Drinking
As the slogan goes, never drink and drive. You should never put yourself at risk by choosing to get behind the wheel after drinking. Even if you do not feel drunk but have had a few drinks, it is still best not to find out if you are tipsy or not while you are driving.
When it comes to safe driving, most of the time, it all boils down to common sense. The key to knowing if something is appropriate or not is to consider if any aspect of the safety of you and your passengers will be compromised if you do (or don’t do) the action or not. As a general rule, if you have even the slightest inkling that you will not be able to drive properly if you do something, err on the side of caution and avoid doing it.
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