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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 05 Oct 2018
If you watch the morning news on any given day, there are bound to be at least 3-4 stories of road accidents and car crashes across the country. But before the morning coffee even hits us, we tend to put these accidents at the back of our minds – not realizing to the fullest extent that we may need to re-evaluate our driving habits. For all those with a car key in hand, young or old, there are some simple driving skills and tips out there that should be known. These skills will come handy in a sticky situation on the road, and also improve your overall driving. We’ve listed them out below for your benefit:
- 1. Say no to the NO-Zone: Big vehicles such as trucks have certain areas around them which the driver cannot see. This is due to the elevated positions of the vehicle. Avoid driving in these areas, which are namely the back, and the sides. The front side also has a blind spot which you should avoid.
- 2. Look at the picture far ahead: In an accident or a collision on the road in front of you, there is often not enough time for us to react. As a result, even if you are not a part of the accident, you might get hurt as a consequence of not paying attention. When driving, always look far ahead at the road around you, not just directly in front of you.
- 3. Clean your windshields: Do we really have to tell you that if you can’t see, you can’t drive. In winter months, our windows are notorious for fogging up. Before starting your journey, it is advisable to warm up your car and clean your windshields regularly.
- 4. Position your headrest right: The headrest of your seat is designed to keep your head supported. It is important that your headrest is aligned properly in order to minimize painful whiplash in the event of a collision. This is also one of the reasons you should never remove your headrests from the seat.
- 5. Take a defensive driving course: Taking this course will teach you how to be prepared in any eventuality on the road. Keep your eyes peeled for what other drivers around you are doing. And always remember to expect the unexpected.
- 6. Avoid distractions: Distractions like loud music, talkative passengers, babies, fallen objects, etc. can hamper your driving. These seemingly harmless distractions are often the main cause of accidents.
- 7. Always use headlights: If your lights are not working at their maximum capacity, get them fixed immediately. Vehicles with their lights on are 4 times more visible from a distance than the ones without. Goes without saying, visibility reduces the risk of an accident or injury.
- 8. Avoid following another vehicle: When you’re following a friend to the same destination, your mind is focused on not losing the other vehicle in traffic. This is another form of distraction that may cause to ignore traffic laws, drive at high speeds, etc. You can easily avoid this by using the GPS.
- 9. Check your tires: Before leaving, make sure you perform simple safety checks to ensure your ride is smooth. One of the most important being, check your tires to see if they are properly inflated or not.
- 10. Avoid road rage: If you’re angry, upset or hungry, it’s better to calm yourself down and grab a bite before starting your journey. Otherwise, choose not to drive. These negative emotions can distract your focus from the road. Road rage is often the main culprit behind an accident. Don’t let it be yours too.
More importantly, ensure that you have a comprehensive car insurance in place. While it is compulsory, it also promises a paramount safety to the insured and the third-party.
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