Analysis of safe driving practices during the winter

Safe Driving Tips And Analysis 


Driving can be an easy skill to master but it’s also possible to become complacent as your time behind the wheel increases. These safe driving tips and reminders are a good way to increase the chances that you’ll arrive at your destination safely and without an incident. In this winter season, staying safe on the road is vital to continuing to analyze other products and services outside of driving!


Do a Pre-Drive Safety Inspection


Before you even pull out of the driveway or parking space, do a quick visual inspection of the car. Make sure headlights and tail lights are intact, and there are no visible issues with engine or exhaust parts, including fluid of any kind on the ground. Look at dashboard indicators for warning lights, signs of overheating or low fuel. Check your mirrors, seat position and seat belt, making adjustments as needed. 


Avoid Drunk, Drugged or Buzzed Driving


Don’t mix alcohol, prescription drugs or non-prescription drugs with driving. Even if you’re a little buzzed, you’ve had too much to drink to drive. Drugs and alcohol can affect your perception, reaction time, and judgment. When spending time with friends, choose a designated driver to ensure everyone gets home safely. If you’re not with friends or there’s no designated driver, call a ride-sharing service or a cab. You can always return to pick up your vehicle tomorrow.  


Drive Within the Speed Limit


When you exceed the speed limit, you reduce the possible reaction time you have. It also reduces the time and distance you have to brake safely. This could be deadly if another car pulls in front of you or a child runs into the road. Excessive speed can also cause your car to lose control on the road in poor weather conditions. Reduce the temptation to speed by allowing enough time to reach your destination. 


Avoid Distractions


Most people know to avoid texting while driving. Other driving distractions can include eating while driving, changing radio stations or even having heated conversations with passengers. Anything that pulls your attention away from the road is a safety threat. If traveling with children or other passengers, ensure they have any needed items before starting your journey. 


Look Around


Keep your eyes focused on what’s going on several seconds ahead of you. Pay attention to what’s going on around you and anticipate problems before they arise. This will give you enough time to react to other drivers appropriately. At traffic lights and stop signs, look left and right before proceeding. Don’t always assume the other driver will slow down, stop or give you the right of way. Be sure to check your blind spot when changing lanes and when backing up. 


Don’t Leave the Scene of an Accident


There always exists a chance you’ll be involved in a collision. If this happens, and you’re able to safely do so, check and make sure drivers, passengers and pedestrians are okay. Then, stay with the vehicle and call 911. Exchange details about your car insurance policy with the other driver; avoid discussing the accident or assigning blame. Then call your insurance company to report the accident. Be prepared for the insurance agent to ask you questions about the collision. You may also need to submit a copy of the police officer’s report documenting the incident.


Practice Good Personal Safety Habits


Park under street lights whenever possible. Avoid parking next to large bushes, walls or other structures where someone could hide. Pay attention to your surroundings when walking to your car in the dark. If you’ll be embarking on a journey that takes you far from home, tell someone the route you plan on taking. In case you don’t show up when you should, someone will know where to start looking for you. 


Keep Your Car Well-Maintained


By staying on top of regular maintenance tasks, your car is less likely to break down on the road. Refer to your car’s owners’ manual for a schedule of suggested and required services. These can include tune-ups, inspections, oil changes and tire pressure. Keep the windshield wiper reservoir filled and a spare bottle of it in the car, along with common maintenance and repair tools like jumper cables, a tire iron and a jack. Depending on the winter weather that’s common in your area, consider stocking your car with an extra pair of gloves, a small snow shovel, some bottled water and a blanket in case you get stranded somewhere.


Safe driving tips are simple and easy to follow and can ensure you’re able to reach your destination without a collision or unnecessary delays. Because driving safely doesn’t just keep you safe, it helps keep the other drivers around you, as well as pedestrians crossing the street, safe, too.

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