3 Crucial Safe Driving Tips

Posted on: 4 December 2018

Road accidents can be caused by many reasons some avoidable others not like the condition of your vehicle, drunk driving, weather and road conditions, speeding, distractions or fatigue. All these may cause accidents. Keeping these reasons in mind, you need to drive within your skills and experience, vehicle condition, road condition and according to the weather to avoid accidents. The following are safe driving tips to ensure you minimise the likelihood of finding yourself in an accident.

Crash Avoidance Space

This is the space around your vehicle that allows for reaction time. Don't get too close to the car in front of you. When in traffic and not moving, you should leave some space as well. The vehicle in front may slightly move back and hit you if you are too close, or when the traffic eases the vehicle in front may start to move then stop suddenly making you hit it.

Not only should you leave some space in front, but you should be wary of the sides as well. You may come across a vehicle with open doors that you can crash into easily. Additionally, you have to position your car well on the road because a situation where you are driving side by side with another vehicle on a bend can be risky; especially when you are driving fast. Slow down to maintain your vehicle position.

Driving at Night

Try as much as possible not to drive at night especially if you are visually challenged. Even for those with perfect eyesight, visibility at night is limited. If you find yourself driving at night for whichever reason, maybe you have an emergency, or you were delayed somewhere, always slow down when you cannot see well. If the oncoming car's lights are dazzling, slow down! It helps to look at the edge of the road to adjust your eyes. Not only can you cause an accident with other vehicles at night, but you can hit pedestrians. It is generally safe to drive slower.

What is Your Braking Technique?

You should not apply harsh or excessive breaking pressure. It can lead to loss of vehicle control where your vehicle will skid on wet roads. Your tyre threads may also have worn out, and regardless of what road you are on, you will skid. Braking should be done in two stages. The first is applying light pressure on the brake pedal and the second is to gradually ease into applying more pressure till you come to a stop.

Taking some driving lessons can help you improve car accidents and learn how to best apply these techniques for safe driving.