Safe Driving Tips That Could Save Your Life

These safe driving tips for new drivers could save your life or the life of someone else.

Driving really is a privilege. The freedom and ability to go where we want to go, when we want to go is something that should be taken seriously. And being a safe driver is so absolutely important. Lives depend on it. I know that some days we all get so busy and caught up in life that we don’t think about all of this.

The truth is…

By using these safe-driving tips for yourself and/or your teenage drivers in your home, you can assure that you, your passengers and other sharing the roadways will arrive safely and in one piece.

1.) Do not drink and drive

Over 30 percent of auto accidents resulting in fatalities are caused by someone that chose to drive under the influence. If you plan to drink, use a designated driver. If it wasn’t planned, call a cab. This slight inconvenience will greatly outweigh the disaster that could happen if you choose to drive drunk.

2.) Watch your speed. Excessive speed can cause horrific accidents

This is why each state takes the effort to post speed limits. These limits are created according to the terrain, the traffic and the location of each road. So, obey the speed limits and take your time. The amount of time that could be saved going 10 miles an hour over the speed limit is only minutes, yet you could increase your chance of having an accident by up to 50 percent.

3.) Do not drive while you are distracted

Don’t try to drive as you put on your makeup or shave. Do these things at home. Eating while you drive is another distraction that could put you in harm’s way. And, the worst possible distraction is using a cell phone, especially for texting. You may think you are good at this, but it only takes a split second to absolutely destroy your life or that of someone else. If you must take a call or text, please pull over and use the cell phone.

4.) Always wear your seat-belt. The ole’ cliché “seat-belts save lives” is true.

Nearly half of all crashes involving fatalities are where the person wasn’t wearing their seat-belt. We have all heard the horror stories of people losing their lives because they weren’t belted up. The incidences when someone is thrown from their car and struck a pole or a tree where if they had their seatbelt on the chances of survival were much greater. If this sounds scary to you, then please buckle up!

5.) Don’t be a tailgater

Give the people around you some room! The three-second rule still applies. Give three-seconds time between you and the car in front of you. Let’s face it! Things happen to cause people to stop suddenly. Maybe a child runs out after a ball, or a dear decides to jump the roadway in front of a car in front of you. You need that space and time to react to what is going on around you. The three-second rule doubles if you are in especially bad weather conditions such as snow, ice or even rain. Again, slow down and arrive safely. Use these safe driving tips and you could end up saving your own life or the life of someone else.