Contrary to what The Fast and the Furious fans believe, being a safe driver in the traffic is what makes you good. Driving recklessly, doing extremely dangerous stunts and pulling off some crazy tricks on the road means that you do not care about anyone, including yourself. So, if you, too, do not think that pushing the pedal to the metal is right and want to become a truly excellent driver, keep reading this article.
The first thing you need to understand is that you must not be an aggressive driver in order to be a safe one, so get rid of that awful habit as soon as possible and start driving somewhat defensively. This way you can save loads of money, lots of time, believe it or not, and, of course, many human lives, no matter how the people around you are driving. Naturally, there are situations which you cannot control and some minor accidents are absolutely normal, but at least try not to be the one who caused them.
So, basically, if you are trying to stay safe while behind the wheel, you will significantly reduce any risks, but keep in mind that you cannot always change the course of actions, so even if something bad happens, it surely does not have to happen while at full speed.
Let us start with hazardous situations. As we have already mentioned, these are almost imminent, especially if you spend much time on the road, but you can often predict those if you just look far ahead in front of you. By looking just a few meters in front of your vehicle, you will not be able to anticipate anything and this is the point where many drivers, especially the fresh ones, make mistakes, so make sure that you are not one of them. The next time you start your engine, do your best to look forward and make a full use of your sight. Try to see everything that is ahead of you, even if it is kilometers away.
Talking about awareness, you are not only to use your eyes, but your ears, too - hearing someone using the car horn will frequently prove to be utterly essential. For example, some other driver may warn you of any possible dangers, so try to get the big picture at all times. When you are using your senses and getting the best out of them, you also should make use of your brain and always be one step ahead of everyone. This way, when maximizing your thinking skills, you will not let yourself get distracted and you will have an escape plan all the time.
If you manage to predict someone else’s moves, you will be able to perform an evasive maneuver if they do anything that will put your safety at risk, so be cautious and never lose the possibility of a driving emergency from your sight.
Also, you have to be aware of the fact that drivers are not always the ones who cause accidents. How many times have you heard that a dog randomly crossed someone’s way or that someone had a tire blowout in the middle of the road? In order to make use of all of these tips, you will have to maintain the familiar proper following distance, of which you have heard so many times when you were taking your driving lessons. There is a strong reason why you were having these and you should take them more than seriously. Of course, you should not measure the distance between cars in meters, but instead in seconds you need to reach the car in front of you. So, make sure that this distance is never less than 3 seconds, regardless of the visual distance. In this case more is less and it for sure cannot hurt even if you are as cautious as to drive 10 seconds behind someone.
The last, but not the least is the fact that you are to get rid of all the things that could distract you while driving at all costs. Forget about your cell phone, on-board computers, good songs on the radio and such.
Should you make use of these suggestions, you will become the driver everyone likes to see on the road and everyone will enjoy taking a ride with you, because there is no person who does not value their own safety more than anything else.