Driving is an inherently dangerous act. We pilot massive blocks of metal, which weigh thousands and thousands of pounds, at incredible speeds in incredibly close proximity to other ridiculously dangerous blocks of metal. It is almost amazing more people are not hurt! The best way to keep you safe out there on the road is to imitate some of the following safe driving habits.
Use Your Turn Signals
Many drivers think turn signal use is common sense. Unfortunately, many drivers do not consider turn signal use common sense and these drivers make the road more dangerous for all of us. Drivers need to be able to communicate with each other to keep the road safe. Using a turn signal is one of the clearest forms of on-road communication. Let people know what direction you are going! Use your turn signal!
Check Your Blind Spot
A large percent of accidents occur because drivers forget to check their blind spot before they change lanes. You can look in your rear-view mirror and check your side-view mirrors, but it is still a possibility that there is a car driving alongside you in your bind spot. Know where the blind spots are in your car and learn how to turn your body to check for them.
If you are tailgating a car, you are just increasing the likelihood that you may be involved in an accident. Give every car on the road the space it needs. As a general rule, maintain at least two car lengths of distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. The faster you are going, the more distance you are going to need to maintain. Those few feet of distance are not going to get you to your destination a quicker!
Following these few safety tips can go a long way towards keeping you out of an accident. Drive safe out there everyone!