On long road trips, learn to pull over when you need to. Do not drive tired. It’s just not worth it. Get plenty of sleep before you drive.
Do not drive impaired. Even many prescription drugs can negatively affect your driving ability. Don’t drink alcohol, take drugs, or drive when you’re sick. Your judgment is not as good when you have had a cold or bacterial infection.
Pay maximum attention while driving. You are much more likely to make a grave error when distracted. Not only is texting illegal, but receiving a text prompt can be disturbing. Turn off your cell phone, and ladies, put your makeup on at home please! Make sure your makeup is okay before you leave so you’re not checking the mirror repeatedly. Read your newspaper with your cup of coffee before you leave, set your radio dial before you pull out of the driveway. You really need two hands to steer so don’t let go of the steering wheel to eat, drink, or do other things that you shouldn’t be doing while driving.
Make sure if your vehicle is overloaded for a road trip that you have plenty of elbow and head room to drive. Also, don’t be tempted to stick extra items down by the driver’s side floor. You need substantial room around you while maneuvering your car.
Make sure you stay visually alert to everything around you, not just what’s ahead. Keep your eyes moving. Don’t just fix your gaze straight ahead and get visually lazy -check your mirrors often and look out your side windows occasionally. You need to maintain an awareness of everything that’s developing outside your car.
Use your turn signal any time you are switching lanes, exiting the highway or turning. If other drivers understand what you’re doing, they’re less likely to get in your way. Many accidents could have been avoided if drivers made using their turn signals a habit!
Make sure you are well acquainted with your car. Know your vehicle intimately. How far is the front bumper from that car in front of you when you are parallel parking? How far out do your rear view mirrors extend? Do your tires have the proper air pressure? Make sure the car is serviced properly. Keep up with regular maintenance on your vehicle. Check tires, engine light, oil pressure, temperature etc.
Let people who want to drive faster pass you. Don’t worry about speeding up to accommodate them. Who cares if they beat you to your destination? At least you will arrive in one piece! So what if you have to wait an extra light to get through the intersection. If someone blows their horn why not just let them pass? Be polite – let pedestrians have the right of way. Let other drivers merge in when waiting in a long queue. You are a better person for it. In other words, relax. It doesn’t pay to be angry. You will be more relaxed when you reach your destination and will have avoided an accident!
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