Driving is much more than moving a car from one point to another. Owning and driving a car can also be a highly enjoyable experience and it is important to do so safely.
There are many risks that are associated with driving a car, truck, or SUV. These risks arise as a result of several factors which can be within or outside of the driver’s control. Following basic car safety tips falls under the actions the driver can control, and will prevent the vast majority of accidents that happen on the road.
It is important to adjust to be able to adjust to weather conditions while driving. This is particularly true in the cold-weather months when the roads are often slick from rain.
In preparation for driving in conditions that may be either wet or extremely hot, ensure that you check your tyres for proper thread and inflation levels.
Furthermore, all of the car’s lights should also be working properly, and the windshield wipers should be inspected. In the rain, drivers should reduce their speed to the barest. This can reduce the risk of losing control of the vehicle.
If areas are flooded or have large puddles of standing water, drivers should exercise caution and avoid driving directly through them as such areas may be deeper than they appear and cause vehicles to stall if water gets into the engine via the air-intake valve.
Drinking and driving
Drinking and driving is a danger to everyone, as it increases the risk of causing an accident that may result in serious injury or loss of life. It is important to realize that the more a person drinks, the more they lose the ability to safely operate a vehicle.
For one, there is a reduction in visual acuity, reflexes, and hand-eye coordination. They are unable to concentrate, make good judgment calls, or quickly process the information around them.
It is important that you have a sober, designated driver on nights, take a taxi or call for a driving service. People throwing parties should offer water, coffee, nonalcoholic drinks, and food in addition to alcohol. Stopping the serving of alcohol an hour before the party is over is also a good way to ensure people arrive their destinations safely.
Cell phone use
When talking about the dangers of cell phone usage and driving, the focus is often on the hands. Holding a cell phone takes at least one hand off of the steering wheel, while using a cell phone to send or read a text takes one’s hands and eyes off the road.
While some people opt for hands-free devices, the fact is cell phone conversations are a distraction. Drivers can easily get caught up in a conversation or argument that pulls their focus away from the road. This makes them four times more likely to get into an accident.
Avoid cell-phone-related accidents by turning the phone off completely before starting the car and getting rid of hands-free devices in the vehicle. You can reduce the temptation by stowing the phone where you can’t easily access it without pulling over and stopping the car.
Car seat safety
In general, children must sit in the back seat of the vehicle from their first car ride as a newborn. The first car seats are rear-facing and are used until the child reaches the maximum weight or height, at which time they are put into a forward-facing car seat.
These seats use a harness to secure children. Children must use the forward-facing seat until they reach the maximum weight and height allowed by the manufacturer. In order to be effective, car seats must be installed correctly.
Proper installation involves the use of a seat belt or the LATCH attachment system. Failure to properly secure the car seat can cause it and the child to be ejected from the car or tossed around inside of it.
When people think of distracted driving, it is usually cell phones that come to mind. However, anything that divides a driver’s attention is considered to be a distraction.
It may be a cognitive distraction that takes the driver’s mind from driving, or it may be manual, in which case it causes drivers to remove their hands from the wheel. Distractions may also be visual in nature, causing the driver to take their eyes from the road. Often, distractions that happen in the car involve all three types.
To stop any of these from happening, commit to driving and nothing else whenever the car is in motion. This means setting up music to play before driving and turning off all electronic devices. Do not engage in arguments with passengers, and ask passengers to keep distracting behavior down.