On average, there are over 3000 deaths worldwide every single day from road accidents. Accidents whilst driving can occur for a huge variety of reasons but, often, they’re due to driver distraction and a lack of concentration.
Even if you have your licence, it doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to remember everything you were taught during your lessons. Sometimes, drivers who have held a licence for years tend to be more likely to lose concentration and become complacent simply because they’ve been driving for so long. If you be as safe as possible behind the wheel, read on to discover the top driver safety tips you should never forget.
Stay focused at all times
Even if the road you’re driving on appears quiet, anything can happen at any moment. It’s vital to remain fully focused on your surroundings at all times, which means never using a cell phone or eating when behind the wheel.
Regardless of which vehicle you have, staying focused should always be your top priority. However, it’s even more important if you’re driving a large vehicle, such as a Dodge Grand Caravan, as larger vehicles are likely to cause a greater degree of damage if a collision were to occur.
Keep a safe following distance
Keeping a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front is a sure-fire way to hugely reduce the chance of crashing into them. Even if a sudden obstruction occurred, as long as you leave yourself enough distance to safely stop (or safely swerve if need be), you’re almost guaranteed not to hit.
It’s recommended to leave at least a 2-3 second gap between yourself and the vehicle in front which. As long as you’re focused and fully concentrating on what’s going on around you, this should be enough time to avoid severe trouble. If the weather is bad and causing the roads to be slippery, double the distance to ensure maximum safety.
Practice general safety at all times
Before you even begin driving, ensure all loose items are safely tucked away to make sure they don’t fall to the floor whilst the vehicle is moving. Keep any items you may need during your journey, such as garage passes or toll fees, within easy reach to save having to alter your position to retrieve them.
And, it goes without saying, keep your seatbelt on at all times – even when the vehicle is in a stationary position. Failing to wear a seatbelt is often a cause of fatality during driving accidents, so make sure you’re not one of them!
Too often do people take driver safety for granted, and too often does this cause fatal accidents. However, as long as you maintain concentration and ensure maximum safety for both yourself and others around you at all times, you’re almost guaranteeing yourself a safer journey than if you were to be complacent behind the wheel. Having a licence doesn’t automatically make you a safe driver – it’s how you deal with situations behind the wheel that truly determines your safety.
Leon McDonald writes about cars, usually reviewing and discussing the latest tech developments in the auto industry he also discusses car-buying and safety.