For some, driving is a necessary evil. You quite often find yourself stuck in traffic driving a stick, and you can’t help but wish you were living in a zombie apocalypse so the streets would be empty. Other times, you have to suffer the stupidity of other drivers and their inconsideration. That being said, driving is necessary, still. Public transportation doesn’t always do the trick, and it’s quite useful to have a car at your disposal –– can’t very well take your date on a bus ride, can you. Still, people sometimes drive recklessly and ignore basic safety tips, which could be quite dangerous for yourself and others.
These are some useful tips on how to drive safely.
Speed Doesn’t Really Make a Difference
You’re driving at a 60 on an empty highway, and all of a sudden you find some kid rushing past at 120. There are those who just enjoy the thrill and adrenaline of speed driving, but is it really worth it? If you do the math, at the end of the day, the person going 100-120 will reach his destination 10-15 minutes earlier than if he was going much less. Is it really worth it to endanger yourself and others, just go get there a few minutes earlier? The answer is a no. Drive safely and always know that there’s really no need for speed.
It’s Never Too Late to Get Better
Some people weren’t properly taught at a younger age, and as a result, they aren’t very good drivers as adults. There’s absolutely no shame in taking classes as an adult. You’re never too old to learn and get better. You can check this approved adult drivers ed list for more details about where you could get an adult course.
Having a sound car is every bit as important as having a sound driver. You can drive as cautiously and rationally as possible, yet find yourself in a bad spot due to bad car maintenance. Keeping your car in excellent shape is a no brainer when it comes to wanting to drive safely. No matter how good of a driver you are, if the car lets you down, it won’t end well for you. Always regularly check your car and keep everything tuned, from fuel to tire pressure.
Don’t Text While Driving
Believe it or not, texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving while you’re drunk! That is one scary statistic. With the age of internet, people use all sorts of different texting apps while driving, which is a seriously dangerous thing to do. You shouldn’t text and drive under any circumstance. Millions of car accidents happen every year because of people recklessly texting while driving their cars. Whatever it is you’re chatting about, it can wait till you’re parked.
At the end of the day, a car is a means to an end. Treat it as such; it shouldn’t result in an accident or any misfortune for that matter. You want your car to take you from point A to point B. Treat it responsibly until that happens, and after that go wild all you want. But until that happens, you’re under an obligation to yourself and others to drive as safely as you could.