Having good driving habits improves your safety

Having good driving habits improves your safety behind the wheel, the security of your passengers and the safety of the drivers around you. Whether you have been driving for a short time or a long time, you owe it to yourself and others to exercise safe driving habits. Have a look at the below to see if you practice any of these safe driving habits.

 

 

Good Driving Habits Adjust your seat for control and comfort.

  • Adjust all mirrors for the best view.
  • Look in your mirror each time before putting your foot on the brake.
  • Slow down if you can’t see what’s happening at least five vehicles in front.
  • Slow down at intersections and look for other cars even if you have the right of way.
  • If you are turning while travelling with traffic, be sure to indicate before you brake.
  • Look over your shoulder quickly before changing lanes to look for vehicles that could be in your blind spot.
  • Stay at least three seconds of travel time behind the car directly in front of you.
  • Don’t drive in someone else’s blind spot.
  • Drive to the conditions and reduce your speed for rain, fog, morning or afternoon sun, giving you more time to react if the unforeseen happens.
  • If driving with family or friends, share the drive when going on a long journey. Don’t be a driver hog.
  • While it’s an obvious thing to do during the night, turn your headlights on during the day. You are making it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • According to researchers, when a driver writes and sends an SMS, it takes an average of 5 seconds. If driving at a low speed such as 50kph this would be enough time to travel 15 metres without your eyes on the road.
  • You may be intelligent enough not to drink-drive. But did you know that driving while you are sleepy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk? Sleepiness diminishes a person’s attention, memory and coordination, all essential for safe driving.

Even though these habits could be considered simple driving skills, sometimes we get too comfortable in our bad habits and forget the safe, good practices. So, reduce distractions and practise safe driving habits.

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