When I was first learning to drive, I remember in my driver’s handbook there was a very good quote “When you drive there is always risk, but you don’t have to be a risky driver!” This is probably the best quote about driving I have ever heard! One of the ways you can be a less risky driver is to develop safe driving habits. If you develop safe driving habits you can prevent accidents and not getting into accidents prevents repair costs, injury and it may even safe you money on insurance. Here are some habits that can help you become a safe driver.
1. Learn Defensive Driving
If you didn’t do it when you got your license may be take a defensive driving course. Not only will it make you a safer driver on the road but it will lower your insurance costs as well.
2. Watch out for other bad drivers
This may be hard at times, but try to avoid bad drivers on the road the best you can.
3. Avoid in car distractions
Avoid in car distractions such as talking on your phone, texting, watching a movie, loud music or fooling around in your car.
4. Don’t drive when tired
Make sure you get enough sleep or that you are well rested before driving. The last thing you would want to happen is to fall asleep at the wheel.
5. Use your turn signals
You may think this is common sense, but a lot of drivers when they get older get lazy. They use their turn signals less and may cut someone off and cause an accident because of it. So always use your turn signals when changing lanes or turning.
6. Keep a distance between the cars in front of you and yourself
What I am trying to say is DON’T TAILGATE! Tailgating has a good chance you rear ending the car in front of you and that never ends well.
7. Reduce your speed when passing near road hazards or in bad weather
When it is raining drive slower than normal to help prevent accidents.
8. Keep your car tuned up and maintained
Make sure your oil is good, your tires have air, no engine problems and most the important, have good working brakes!
9. Check your blind spots
Make sure you know where your blind spots are on car. Check them before you turn so you don’t end up like the lady in that All-State commercial.
10. Make sure your safety features work
By safety features I mean turn signals, lights, seat belts, etc. Make sure all of these things are working and use them while driving.
All of these habits can be learned in a very short time and they will help keep you safe on the road. They may help you prevent accidents, injury and the one most of you want to hear, they will help lower your insurance rates!
Josh is car addict and blogs frequently at CarInsuranceCalculator.info. His passions are classic cars and choppers.