Safety tips while driving

Driving to stay alive

Millions of people all over the world today are either driving a car, or they are being driven in one. Whilst a lot of people regard driving as a necessity in order to go on with our daily activities in life, driving comes at a price; it is a major cause of death all over the world. Traffic accidents have continuously been on the increase and so it is important to take necessary safety precautions when driving a car (or any other vehicle). The following are some precautionary steps that can be taken by a driver to prevent accidents on the road:

1.       MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE PROPER QUALIFICATIONS

A lot of drivers on the roads drive without any form of formal tutoring. This means that there are a lot of inexperienced drivers on the road and this is dangerous both for them and for other road users. Therefore, ensure that you are certified fit to drive before you take to the road. Also ensure that you drive defensively by anticipating the moves of other drivers (some of whom might be inexperienced). Watch out for blind spots and do well to maintain a safe distance from other drivers. Do not be in a hurry as that might lead to over speeding.

2.       MAINTAIN A PROPER BEHAVIOUR WHEN DRIVING

The behaviour of a driver at the wheel can be the difference between life and death. By improving your behaviour behind the wheel, you can drastically reduce the risk of accident and the resulting fatalities. Ensure that you are in the proper mood and condition to be behind the wheel. Do not driver when you are suffering from fatigue, as this can dull your mind and slow your responses. Also ensure that your emotions are in check. Certain emotions can affect your driving habit, leading to life threatening decisions behind the wheel. Make sure you are not angry or anxious when you are driving. Also ensure that you are in good physical condition as some kinds of illnesses can distort your driving ability.

3.       ENSURE THAT YOUR VEHICLE IS SAFE

Make sure that the vehicle you are driving is in good condition. Ensure that your tires, brakes and even your seat belts are in good condition. Also ensure that you take your vehicle for maintenance regularly. By doing this, you not only ensure the safety of your life and limbs, but you also ensure the safety of the lives and limbs of other roads users as well…stay safe.