Car safety is a lifelong learning process, and we have some car safety tips you may not have considered.
Albert Einstein said, “once you stop learning, you start dying.” Although Albert wasn’t talking about car safety, we can apply his words to our driving. As a driver on US highways, we can’t ever stop learning new techniques or stop reviewing old ones. With a desire to promote our readers’ safety and well-being, we’ve put together a top 10 car safety tips list. When followed, it should help you on the highways and prevent accidents. If it saves some lives, then that’s a big bonus. Einstein would approve.
Please don’t make the mistake of assuming what other drivers are going to do or what you think they should do. And don’t assume they know what you’re doing. You probably have friends who’ve moved from other states or other countries. At least, for a while, they’ll be doing what they’ve always done in their previous location, and it may be different than what’s acceptable practice in your state. Driving is one situation where it pays to assume other people may not know what they’re doing.
While driving, you always want to use your side and rearview mirrors to cover your blind spots and see the cars on either side. But there’s one thing you don’t need to see, and that’s your car. Adjust your mirrors so that your vehicle is no longer visible in the side mirrors. When adjusted correctly, the side mirrors won’t overlap the rearview mirror, and you’ll be able to cover most of your blind spots. When safe, you’ll still want to briefly look over your shoulders before turning into another lane – just to be sure. Don’t rely only on the mirrors or your lane change assist warnings.
Keep yourself safe from corner cutters by stopping far enough back in the left turn lane that you can see the stripe. It doesn’t take much imagination to think of where those black rubber marks come from on intersection medians. Whether it’s inattention or impatience-driven running of the light, people will cut corners when they turn at an intersection. If your car’s front bumper is at the left turn lane crosswalk stripe, you may get hit. Protect yourself by stopping a little short, and you could save a large body repair bill.
It’s not a mosey ramp or “when I get around to it” ramp. It’s an entry ramp designed with space to get you safely up to speed so you can quickly enter with the flow of freeway traffic. Doing so will prevent drivers from braking for you and risking an accident on the freeway or causing cars to bunch up behind you, causing frustration or worse.
We see them on the highway and, honestly, may find ourselves getting annoyed with them. Eighteen-wheelers and other delivery trucks are large and often slow, but these essential vehicles and their dedicated drivers could use some much-needed patience from us.
Some things to remember when driving around trucks could save your life and the life of others.
Following these car safety tips could make the drivers day while they experience the frustration and challenge of managing a massive truck through their daily job.
If you’re angry or sick before you get into the car, maybe it’s time to reassess your situation. We often hear the call not to drive drunk, but anything impairing your judgment should keep you from behind the wheel. If you find yourself in that position, studies have shown that even a minute of deep breathing can slow down your heart rate. Most watches such as the Apple or the Samsung Galaxy Watch have breathing apps you can use for a deep breathing exercise. These few minutes of clearing your head and slowing yourself down could save a life.
No one walks out of the house in the morning thinking it’s a good day to have an accident. But every time we’re at a stoplight, we have the potential of being rear-ended. If that happens while waiting for a left turn, and you’ve turned the steering wheel left in anticipation, you will get pushed into oncoming traffic. It’s always good practice to keep those wheels straight while you’re stopped, just in case. Being sent forwards into an empty intersection is much better than being turned into a head-on collision.
More and more cars are including automatic parking brakes as standard equipment. This feature lessens stress on the transmission and prevents unintended acceleration or movement when the vehicle is parked. If your car doesn’t have it, you can still manually engage the parking brake when parked.
More often than not, when you pull up to someone at an intersection, you get a little close to them. But what happens if the person’s car stalls? If you’re like most people, you haven’t given yourself room to maneuver around the car, and you’re stuck. When you pull up to your next vehicle, stop when you can still see their tires. This simple action will give you the space you need to get around them in the case of an emergency.
Anger or road rage can happen on any trip. Reports suggest that aggressive driving is the cause of over 60% of traffic fatalities, so it’s important to plan on what you’ll do when facing it. One way to handle aggressive driving is to let things go. It’s tough to ignore the aggressive driving or carelessness of another, but for car safety, it’s essential. Don’t let a simple mistake blow up into something that could take a person’s life. So, think twice and give up your anger to forgiveness. We all make unintentional mistakes.