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Stay Safe On The Roads This Summer: Top Tips For Drivers

Stay Safe On The Roads This Summer: Top Tips For Drivers

Summer is here, and what better way to celebrate than planning a road trip? If you’re looking to get out and about on the roads in the weeks ahead, here are some top tips to stay safe.

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Driving in bright sunshine

We tend to think of winter as the most dangerous season to drive but there are risks associated with getting behind the wheel on bright, sunny days. The most common hazard drivers face in the summer is glare on the roads, which makes it difficult to see. The sun can also pose problems when it’s low in the sky. If you’re driving on a bright day, always make sure that you have sunglasses with you and use your visor to enhance visibility. If you have an old car, or your visor is damaged, look into sun visor replacement. If you wear glasses or contact lenses for driving, you’ll need to invest in prescription sunglasses. Keep up to date with assessments and buy new sunglasses if your prescription has changed. 

Paying attention to speed restrictions

When the sun is shining, the skies and blue and you’ve got music playing, it can be tempting to put your foot down. While there are few things that are better than driving on the open roads on a warm, sunny day, it’s crucial to understand the importance of adhering to speed restrictions. Driving too fast increases the risk of losing control and sustaining serious or even fatal injuries. Keep an eye out for signs, and make sure you stick to the recommended speed. If you’re going too fast and you cause a crash, you will be held liable for the accident. 

Concentrating

There’s something special about driving in the summer, especially if you’re off on a road trip with friends, or you’re planning a vacation with your partner or family. It can be easy to lose concentration if you’re singing along to a playlist, chatting or staring at the scenery around you. When driving, it’s critical to focus on the road at all times. Try not to get distracted, keep your hands on the wheel and look out for hazards. It can take a second for the landscape to change, and you need to be able to react instantly. Avoid texting, making calls or changing the radio unless you can do it via voice control. 

Drinking

Many of us drink more in the summer, and we enjoy social occasions such as barbecues, garden parties and al fresco brunches and lunches. There’s nothing wrong with having a glass of wine or a cold beer on a hot day but if you do want to have a drink, don’t drive. Organize a lift home, book a cab, or make sure one member of the group isn’t drinking. Drinking affects reaction times and it can also impact your ability to make sound judgments. You may take more risks, and you may not be able to control the vehicle, even if you feel fine. If you cause a collision and you have drunk too much, you could face legal charges. According to the CDC, 29 lives are lost in the US every day as a direct result of alcohol-impaired driving. 

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Are you planning a summer road trip? If so, take these tips on board to stay safe on the roads. 

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How To Be A Safer Driver

How To Be A Safer Driver

Every single driver on the road assumes that they are the safest out there. They believe that their techniques are the best on the road and yet there are certain things on the road that can be a real threat – including you. You want to ensure that you are driving well, and that means examining your own habits and making improvements where possible. 

Did you know that there are 490 pedestrian hit-and-run deaths every year? That’s 490 deaths too many, and you do not want to be a part of causing that statistic. You may already be a relatively safe option out there, but in the meantime you can work on yourself and share the road properly with the rest of the drivers beside you. Let’s take a look at how you can be a safer driver.

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Remain Confidence

Are you aware that most people believe that they are confident drivers, and yet, they are aggressive? Aggressive driving is a big problem and it really does affect the rest of the drivers on the road. If you are not a confident person behind the wheel, you are going to end up driving aggressively in fear – that’s not the way to drive.

Remove Distractions

As you drive, you should be paying full attention to the road. You should avoid using your cell and you should try not to drive with blaring music. Distractions can kill you and other road users. It’s a privilege to be able to drive and you must respect your vehicle and its limitations.

Keep Your Distance

You will be hyper aware of how you drive and of those around you, and you need to keep a watch on the behavior of other drivers on the road. If you notice a vehicle swerving or speeding, you need to distance yourself from that driver. You can easily get caught up in a crash if you don’t.

Be Polite

If you want to be a good driver, be polite on the road. Let people go ahead of you when they are in the right, and if you see someone merging into your lane, you’re far more polite when you let people in. Try to lay off of beeping the horn at people and let them see how respectful you are on the road. 

Follow The Law

The best way to be a good driver is to follow the law. You want to make sure that you know how to drive according to the law. You may be tempted to speed, and you may be tempted to drive through a yellow light. Don’t. The law says not to and it’s not a smart decision! You need to abide by the rules of the road and make sure that you don’t end up in a courtroom. 

Being a safe driver is the most important thing to remember about being on the road; and you can stick to the rules and avoid becoming a statistic

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Seven Driving Tips to Keep You Safe On The Road

Seven Driving Tips to Keep You Safe On The Road

Being on the roads is an adventure. No one goes out driving and believe that they aren’t free; the long highways and the chance to move as you please makes you freer than if you were on public transport. The only issue with driving is that you are responsible not only for yourself, but the lives of others on the road. You are responsible for ensuring that you are safe on the road, and if every driver does this, there’s a better chance everyone can remain safe and drive without incident. 

Unfortunately, there are a select few out there who drive like maniacs, completely ignoring the safety rules of the road and the importance of protecting others who are driving alongside them. Being in your car means being in charge of a large machine and moving it from place to place without hitting anyone or putting yourself in danger. It is for this reason that you need to familiarize yourself with road safety at least once a year. 

So, let’s take a look at seven driving tips to help you to remain as safe as possible on the road. 

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Keep Your Eyes Open For Blind Spots

Being on the road means that you need to be constantly focused on what you are looking at. It’s not just what’s in front of you, but your peripheral vision, too. What do you notice as you drive? Can you see anything that impairs your vision? Visibility is necessary in the prevention of road accidents, and if you are mindful of blind spots you can avoid this happening. You can do this by:

  • Changing lanes as little as possible
  • Check your side mirrors very regularly
  • Get to know the blind spots in terms of trees/nature and trucks ahead in the road

If you are blind on the road, you’re more likely to have accidents and either harm yourself or harm others. If you are in an accident because of a blind spot, a car accident lawyer can explain your options to you. There are blind spots everywhere, so it’s up to you to do what you can to see and be seen on the road. Don’t close your eyes to blind spots when these are what can affect you on the road.

Mind Your Distances

You must always keep a safe distance from other cars, which is the idea of a braking distance. You need to be able to brake without smashing into someone else, and you need to be able to do it safely. Driving is a skill in which you learn how to be safe and stop at safe distances through your lessons. When you are learning, you rely on someone else to tell you when to stop so that you can stop safely. When you are qualified, it’s up to you to know how far you are from someone else. Keep yourself – and everyone else – safe by braking at a safe distance, and even further back in wet or icy weather.

Don’t Be Distracted

Music is a wonderful thing, but even the most experience drivers often prefer to leave the music off. Distractions cause delayed reactions, and distracte driving is a leading cause of road accidents. Those in larger vehicles need to be as vigilant as possible on the road even more so than regular cars. 

Listening to music, talking on the phone, eating while driving and smoking are all distractions – none of these will ensure you’re 100% safe on the road, and that’s the goal. Be vigilant.

And under no circumstances, Please, DO NOT text and drive! It’s not only the worst distraction from driving safe, but it’s illegal in most areas.

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