Top tips on improving your driving safety

Car accidents are sometimes inevitable. There are very few people in the world that can go through their entire life without being involved in an accident. Whether it is a major or minor accident, it can still be a scary prospect. The best thing that you can do is to prepare yourself as best you can. There are lots of things that you can do to improve your driving safety. You can always find ways to stay sharp and improve your driving skills. Here is a list of things that can help your driving safety. 

Driving gloves

There are lots of accessories that you can buy to enhance your driving safety. However, one accessory that is often forgotten is the humble set of driving gloves. These can prevent you from damaging your steering wheel and improve your grip on it. This will help you to drive much safer for a long drive. You will be surprised at how much your hands fatigue for a long journey. If you don’t look after your hands, your driving experience will become unpleasant and worst of all unsafe. 

Tidy up your habits

When you are learning to drive, you are probably the best driver that you will ever be. You are so scared and strict with yourself. As you become more comfortable on the road and in your car, you will likely become less strict and a little more unsafe. Make sure to stick to the basics. When you make a left turn enter the left lane. When you change lanes, you need to signal. When you get back into these simple habits, your driving will improve massively, and you will become safer. 

Adjust your mirrors every time

Most drivers tend to just adjust their mirrors so they can see the edge of their vehicle. However, that area is visible through your rear-view mirror. You should perhaps instead set it so you can barely see the edge of your vehicle. You can do this by placing your head against the driver-side window and adjusting from there. This will reduce your blind spots. You will never get rid of them all, but you will greatly improve your visibility. Make sure to use these mirrors as much as possible.

Avoid being blinded by lights

When you are driving at night and you come across a vehicle that has not dimmed its lights, you should not stare straight into it. Look instead to the right side of the road and you can follow the painted edge. Make sure to change your beams to dim when you approach another vehicle at night. This will help you not blind the other driver. Only use your high beams when driving on rural roads or open highways.

Being safe on the road

The road is not a safe place. However, that does not mean that you cannot be safe when driving, make sure to practice all of the basics and adjust your car positions so that you can see everything around you. From there all you need to do is be vigilant.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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