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how to drive safely

If every person who knows how to drive also knows how to drive safely, then this article would have no relevance at all. Unfortunately, not all drivers know how to drive with prudence or perhaps they only need constant reminders. Driving is not a natural right but only a granted privilege. A driver does not own the entire road; after all, the road is a two-way street. Every highway is a shared highway, and all drivers should be aware of the dangers they need to avoid. It must be a part of the attitude, character, and precaution of the drivers that when they hit the road, their life and the lives of their passengers, family, relatives, and friends lies in their hands. Below are 10 simple ways on how to drive carefully. Just read through because you might need these tips someday. The lesson is not only meant for those who are neophytes but to all drivers, whether experienced or inexperienced.

  1. Pre-trip general inspection. Thoroughly check the exterior of your vehicle by having a walk around it. Do it not as a mere customary procedure but look out for defects.



    Look at the tires, spare tires, head lights, brake lights, and signal lights. Check also the side mirrors and windshield wipers. Check all of these things for flaws easily spotted like cracks and loose attachments.

  2. Check the interior, especially the instrument panel. Always make sure that the indicators found on the instrument panel, especially the fuel indicator, the engine temperature, the water level in the radiator, the brakes, and the signal lights indicators are functioning well. If your car is equipped with global positioning system (GPS) technology, make sure that it is accurate.

  3. Check your brakes. One of the most important parts to check before driving is the brakes. You must be aware of the kind of brake system your car has. This is important because there is a big difference between cars that are equipped with anti-lock brake system and those mechanical ones. The distinction is necessary because both systems operate differently under different weather and road conditions.

    As you check on the brakes, step on the brake pedal and ask somebody to look outside the car to see whether the brake lights are working. This way, you can be sure they are working. Know that sometimes the instrument panel indicator is functioning, but the real brake lights outside are not.

  4. Check the water level in the radiator. The radiator is the primary source of water responsible for cooling the engine. The radiator must be checked for leaks or for any irregularities, especially before heading on a long trip because the water from the radiator is the prime cooling medium of the engine.

  5. Check your basic tools, tires, and bring spare tires. Always be geared up before using the car. Make it a habit to check your basic tools. When you are going for a long drive, it is best to have a complete set of tools with you. This way, any engine trouble requiring special tools can be easily addressed. Do not forget your early warning devices.

    Also, check the tires. Knock on the tires and listen to whether they need additional air. The air content of the tires must be well-balanced for a smooth ride. The spare tires must be well-inflated at all times and should always be available when necessary.

  6. Drive according to the road and traffic conditions. When the road is slippery because of mud, dirt, snow, or rain, then it is appropriate to drive slower to avoid skidding off the road. When the road is rough or not well-cemented, then do not drive fast because the stones may damage the chassis and the car’s lower parts, such as the steering assemblies, suspension system, and the brake lines.

  7. Check for pedestrians, vehicle traffic, and always observe traffic rules. Be prudent when on the road. Always think not just for your own welfare but also for the welfare of others like your own passengers. Anticipate the movements of pedestrians, especially if you are within city or town limits.

  8. Observe speed limits. This is very basic. No over speeding. Drive according to the speed rules on the road.

  9. Make proper signals in negotiating turns, in changing lanes, and in making stops. Always maintain a proper and safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front and the one at the back. This gives you enough time to safely maneuver in case of a potential accident with other vehicles.

  10. Keep your focus. As much as possible, avoid listening to songs at a high volume. While driving, you can actually converse and laugh with your passengers to eliminate boredom. Just don’t lose sight of the road.

The above precautionary measures would help everyone learn how to drive safely. Remember, the road is dangerous. Accidents do happen, but the risks of getting into accidents can be mitigated by employing the above safety precautionary measures. Drive safely and drive happily!  

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