How Good Are Your Driving Skills?

How Good Are Your Driving Skills?

traffic-332857_640When it comes right down to it, your driving skills could save a life, notably yours.

For the millions of drivers getting behind the wheel on a daily basis, there is always that chance that a collision will change their lives. By the same token, drivers can greatly reduce their chances of being in such a mishap with some commonsense driving techniques.

Yes, some drivers simply end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That said being mindful of what’s going on around you, making sure to obey the rules of the road, and always having respect for other drivers are all crucial in trying to get home safe and sound.

So, how good are your driving skills at the end of the day?

Take Nothing for Granted

So that you are better prepared each and every time you get behind the wheel, drive forward with a few pointers.

Among them:

  1. Safety – First and foremost, never take safety for granted. All it takes is one momentary lapse regarding safety to turn your world upside down, perhaps the lives of others too. It can be easy to hop in the car for a quick trip to the local store and decide not to buckle up. It can also be commonplace for you to answer a call or text while behind the wheel. You may also be inclined to apply a little makeup or run that electric razor over your face as you are hurrying down the highway to work or a meeting. Remember, any one of those practices could be deadly for both you, passengers in your vehicle, not to mention other drivers or pedestrians in the roadway;
  2. Technology – As cars and trucks become even more advanced in terms of options offered, you should take advantage of such features. Yes, money may be tight in your household, therefore limiting you as to which items you can add to a new vehicle. That said technology continues to play an important role in keeping drivers and their passengers as safe as can be. One such feature, a backup camera system for cars, is among a number of technology advancements made over the years. Along with better braking systems, enhanced collision warning systems and much more, technology is making vehicles safer overall. That said it is still in great part up to the driver to make sure he or she is adhering to the rules of the road.

Don’t Take the Bait

  1. Road rage – It can become very easy to get involved in a road altercation with another driver. That said it oftentimes can turn out to be one of the worst mistakes a driver can make. Yes, you may be upset because someone cut you off or was tailgating you, but is it worth potentially your life or those in the vehicle with you? Do your best to remain calm at all times, remembering that your life and those with you outweigh any possible road rage satisfaction;
  2. Maintenance – Finally, do you take good care of your vehicle? If the answer is so-so or even no, change that driving forward. Your vehicle’s safe operation depends on a number of factors, one of which is keeping it properly maintained. Regular visits to a mechanic, along with heeding any recalls for parts, both prove important. Simple things you can do on your own like keeping the tire pressure where it should be and having your fluids properly filled are important.

Avoid Becoming the Next Car Crash Victim

Given the potential physical damage (to both you and your vehicle) that just one car crash can produce, it is important that you do your best to avoid them.

With improved vehicle technology and commonsense on your part whenever you get behind the wheel, a smooth drive can be yours for the taking.

As a driver, how good are your skills?

About the Author: Dave Thomas covers auto safety topics on the web.

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