Driving safety tips that every driver should know
When driving a car, alone or with passengers, driving safely should be your main concern. We are more distracted than ever, so it is crucial that you know the basics of driving safely and putting them into practice whenever you are on the road. Here are some tips for driving safely:
The 4 best driving safety tips
Focus on driving
Permanently keep 100% of your attention on driving, without doing several things at the same time.
Do not use the phone or any other electronic equipment while driving.
Speed down. High speed gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
Stay tuned for what the drivers around you do, and expect the unexpected.
Take for granted that the other drivers will do something crazy, and you should always be prepared to avoid it.
Keep a distance of 2 seconds from the car in front of you.
Keep the distance up to 4 seconds if the weather conditions are bad.
Create a safety plan to handle
Reserve time in your travel program to eat, rest, make phone calls, among other things.
Adjust the seat, mirrors and indoor climate controls before starting the car.
Stop to eat or drink. This will take only a few minutes.
Put security into practice
It ensures the load that can move while the car is moving.
Do not try to pick up items that fall to the floor.
Have the necessary items on hand, such as money or toll cards and parking passes.
Always wear your seat belt and drive without using alcohol or drugs.
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Do not let children fight or climb in the car, they should be in their seats with a seat belt all the time. A lot of noise can easily distract you from your attention on the road.
Avoid driving when you are tired. Be aware that certain medications can cause drowsiness and driving a vehicle can be dangerous. More information about drowsiness driving.
Always be careful when changing lanes. Crossing in front of someone, changing lanes too fast or not using the signs can cause an accident or annoy other drivers.
Use extreme caution when driving during deer season.
Common sense about driving safely
What to do after an accident
Stay in place
If you leave, you may suffer legal consequences, such as receiving infractions or additional fines. Call 911 or local police immediately They will send an officer and medical staff to the accident site. Once the police arrive, wait for them to complete the accident report.
Stay in the car
If you are on a busy road, stay in the car and wait for the police or ambulance. It is dangerous for passengers to stay by the road or highway with a lot of traffic.
Don't argue or fight with the other driver. Simply exchange contact and insurance information. If possible, also get the names and phone numbers of the witnesses. source Stansted Airport Minicabs Service
Contact your insurance provider
Call your insurance provider to file the claim. Your agent will ask for the papers you received during the accident and give you important information to fix your vehicle.
Find out more about what to do after an accident or when the driver runs away. What to do when you are stopped by the road If you realize that you are followed by a police car with light signals, stop by the road safely and quickly. Wait inside your car until the agent approaches and get ready to:
Turn on the light
Turn on the interior light and keep your hands where the agent can see them, preferably on the steering wheel.
Keep your hands in sight Don't look under the seat or in the glove compartment. This can cause the agent to believe that you are looking for a weapon or hiding something.
Provide the necessary documents
Give your license and proof of insurance to the officer if he asks you to. If the agent asks you to get out of the car, do it without sudden or threatening movements.
Keep calm. Do not argue, do not alter or insult, and never try to bribe the agent. If you receive a subpoena if you believe you were treated unfairly, file your complaint in a traffic court. You can be represented by a lawyer, if necessary, and you will be heard by a judge or magistrate.
Things you should know about speeding and traffic laws
Some streets are designated as low-speed areas. These include areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic, such as school zones and streets with many nearby intersections. Exceeding the speed limit can put your life and the lives of others at risk. Never pass a stopped bus that shows a stop sign to the left. It is the indication that there are children crossing the street. If you hear a siren behind you, step aside if you can, stop and wait until the police car or fire truck passes.
Stop completely at stop signs and see if there are other vehicles or pedestrians before continuing.
Obey the speed limit set at all times. Speeding violations are costly and penalties can include fines, appearing in court and losing or suspending your driving privileges. Also, depending on the insurance policy you have, speeding fines can increase your rates.
When parking your vehicle, always keep in mind the signs for the disabled, fire hydrants, bus parking areas, parking restrictions for certain times of the day and parking spaces that require permits. Remember to pay attention to all the signs. Even if you have to turn the block a couple of times, it's better than receiving a fine or having your car towed.
Information about DUI and DWI
Driving after drinking a lot of alcohol is known as Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or Driving intoxicated (DWI). Alcohol reduces your reflexes, temporarily reduces your mental acuity and therefore compromises your ability to control the vehicle and drive safely. And yes, even "driving dizzy" is drunk driving and can be just as dangerous. A DUI arrest can have costly consequences, including spending time in prison, suspending your driver's license and fines. If you hit and/or kill someone while you are driving impaired, the consequences are even worse It is also illegal to have an open container of alcohol in your car. If you carry alcoholic beverages, they must be closed and in the trunk. The 50 states have established a .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as the legal limit for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For commercial drivers, it is .04%. And if you are under 21, the tolerance is zero. Whatever the amount of alcohol is grounds for arrest for DUI. In some cities, police establish breathalyzer controls on the side of the street to stop and identify drunk drivers. They are usually established during long weekends or on dates when there may be an increase in the number of people who drink and drive.
If you are stopped at control, you will be asked several questions and you may be asked to do a breathalyzer test (such as saying the alphabet upside down, making some movements or blowing on an alcohol sensor). If these tests show that you have high levels of alcohol, the police may arrest you.
Winter driving tips
Winter brings many problems to drive: snow, freezing rain, and muddy snow, which make the road more dangerous. To drive in winter: First, fasten your belt. Basic car safety advises using seat belts and child safety seats at all times. They are one of your best defenses in an accident. And they are mandatory.
Be more careful in areas that freeze quickly; especially, crosses, shaded areas, bridges, and overpasses.
Get in the habit of regularly checking weather reports on television so you can be prepared for bad weather. In very bad weather days, schools and workplaces may close or open later. Consider staying at home if you don't need to go outside.
Keep an emergency kit in the trunk of your car - including blankets, a first aid kit and jumper cables. Check out our full list of items for your emergency car kit.
Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and that your car always has a full gas tank.
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