Don’t Get Too Comfortable Behind the Wheel
Have you ever been driving down a familiar road and realized that you don’t remember the past few minutes or miles? For many people, driving becomes second nature. We zone out while driving and may overlook or become lax about many safety precautions. It’s like we’re on autopilot. It’s important to always be on alert and to never get too comfortable behind the wheel.
Here are 14 things you know you need to do but have to remind yourself to do them when you’re driving.
- Don’t text and drive. In reality it’s not just texting. Put your phone down and don’t pick it up until you get to your destination. Looking away from the road for even a second can lead to tragedy.
- Keep your car cool. When it’s too warm inside the vehicle, you can get drowsy - especially early in the morning or after a long day at work.
- Listen to your car. Don’t ignore those strange noises. It might be nothing or it might be something that leaves you stranded on the side of the road and out hundreds of dollars in repairs because you didn’t fix it soon enough.
- Don’t ignore warning lights. The “check engine light” turns on for a reason. Like the noises your car makes, don’t pretend those lights aren’t on either. Sometimes it’s an easy fix but taking too long to find out can lead to expensive problems.
- Focus on the road. Listening to music or chatting with a passenger is nice, but your eyes and attention need to be on the other drivers around you and what’s happening on the road.
- Keep a two second cushion between you and the vehicle ahead of you in case they slam on breaks. Tailgating is dangerous and annoying.
- Slow down in bad weather. The roads get slick and visibility is reduced, which increases your chance of an accident.
- Slow down in construction zones. The roads are usually more narrow, and there are people working out there. An accident could end in tragedy.
- Watch out for school zones. Slow down when the yellow light is flashing. Pay attention to crossing guards. Stop for school buses when they’re picking up or dropping off children.
- Don’t reach down to pick things up from the floorboard or behind your seat while driving. Pull over first.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Check your mirrors before you get on the road and adjust them if needed. Keep checking them as you drive.
- Don’t eat or drink while driving. It might seem like it’s saving you time, but it can be the reason you get into an accident. Take a few minutes and pull over while you eat.
- Make sure you have plenty of auto insurance coverage. Full coverage with uninsured/underinsured motorist protection (UIM) is best to protect you in any kind of accident.
We all know what we’re supposed to do to be safe while we’re driving, but it’s easy to forget. The smallest things can make a big difference in how safe we are. Don’t get too comfortable behind the wheel and pay attention while you’re out on the road.
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