Driving a car puts us at risk. It can be fun, of course. Many people enjoy driving for the sake of driving, and due to the freedom, it can provide. However, whenever we get behind the wheel of a vehicle, we are putting ourselves and others at risk. This is why making sure you take precautions before you drive a car is so important. Below, we have 4 simple things that could help you to avoid a car accident. Take a look and see if there’s something you can do to minimize your risk further:
1. Check Your Car Over Before You Drive
Checking your car over before you drive could help you to avoid an issue on the road that could have easily been avoided. You don’t have to spend a lot of time checking the car over if you’re not going on a long trip. However, a quick look around the outside and a few simple standard checks before you drive off should be sufficient for a short trip. If you are going on a longer trip, make sure you spend more time checking over the car – tyre pressure, oil, water, and other aspects should be checked and amended if needs be.
2. Defensive Driving
Defensive driving is something we should all be doing whenever we are behind the wheel of a car. In many car accident cases, they could have been prevented with some defensive driving. Defensive driving means staying off your phone, driving only when you are well rested and sober, and paying very close attention to other drivers on the road to preempt what they might do.
3. Put Your Phone In The Glovebox
Having your phone anywhere in the car while you’re driving can be a distraction, even if you’re not actually using it. If you must use your phone, you can find a safe place to stop. Until then, leaving your phone in the glovebox will mean you won’t get distracted by names and notifications flashing up on your screen, and you won’t be tempted to pick it up, even if only to skip a song that you’re playing through the aux cable.
4. Research Your Route Before You Set Off
Before you set off, make sure you research the route you’ll take and any alternative routes, just in case something comes up while you’re driving and you need to change direction. You don’t want to stress out or panic while you’re behind the wheel. You can use a sat nav, but studies have shown that spending too much time focusing on the sat nav rather than following signs can also be dangerous. After all, the sat nav is another screen and can easily be a distraction if you’re not careful.
Of course, there are lots of other things you can do to avoid a car accident – but these four suggestions will ensure you have most of your bases covered. Do you have any suggestions of your own? Leave a comment below!
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