Published on April 14, 2016
- Drive more – This is like learning a new language or learning to ride a bike. If you practice German 3 hours every other month, you’ll have a hard time progressing, unless you have extremely superior memory skills. If you ride a bike once every 6 months, chances are you aren’t going to be the best. Driving works in similar ways. The more you drive, the better you become at it.
- Know your surroundings – Practice “situation awareness.” Practice mindfulness- be aware of everything that’s going on around you, focusing on the things that require the most attention and focus, such as traffic, pedestrians, and hazards. Anticipate others’ movements. Remember not all vehicles operate the same. Adjust your reaction times and distance accordingly.
- Assume no one has a clue what they are doing – Assume that no one has any idea what they are doing- just because we know many fail to use turn signals or end up turning the opposite direction. Some swerve into your lane- just knowing what’s around you and anticipating can make things turn out better than expected.
- Driving school or defensive driving course – This may cost money, but at least you will learn to better control your car in a safe environment, and you’ll be learning from someone who is better than you at the skill. Maybe the small investment is worth it, especially if it prevents an accident, which the costs are much higher. Plus, defensive driving courses can save you money on car insurance and take points off your driving record.
- Put your phone someplace where you don’t have direct access to it – Distracted driving kills. We understand you might think you have superior text-and-drive skills than everyone else, but the truth is that it takes half a second to make a mistake. While you check your phone for one second, a child may have moved just slightly enough for you to hit him or her. It’s not worth it. Try not to listen to the radio either when you practice your driving skills.
- Learn to drive stick – When you are learning, it feels like you have to pay twice as much attention to everything else on the road. Driving stick adds another layer of involvement between what you do with your hands and feet and how you apply power to the wheels.
- Test your car’s limits in a parking lot – Testing out the limits of your car in an empty parking lot after it has rained or snowed can help you be better prepared for stormy weather conditions. Everything changes when it rains or snows. Your distance from other vehicles and break times should both increase. Hydroplaning is always an unpredictable hazard- it’s important to know what to do in such instances.
- Keep your hands at proper positions – It is suggested to keep your hands at either 9 and 3 or at 8 and 4. It should give you more control and stability when driving, especially if you are driving for long periods of time.
- Adjust your mirrors correctly – You can bypass the evil blind spot- all you have to do is adjust your mirrors outward far enough so you don’t see the sides of your car.
- Take better care when switching lanes – Too many drivers aggressively merge into the wrong lanes at the wrong times, and everyone is having road rage in their car. Just be patient and be fully aware of all vehicle’s placements and anticipate movement before you go cutting off vehicles left and right.
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Category: Car Accidents