Safe driving tips: A guide to ensure that you are safe on road!
Know how to drive safely!
With the increasing number of road accidents and the lives claimed in it, now it is time for all of us to improve our road sense and learn to drive responsibly. Not just for the sake of our lives but for the lives of other road users also!!
Thus, Crankit is happy to share these safe driving tips with our readers. Join hands for safe driving!
1. Familiarise yourself with the vehicle
You should be well acquainted with the vehicle you are driving. Researchers have observed that most of the times, accidents take place because the driver fails to locate important controls of the vehicle such as gear lever or brake pedal. Thus, one must know all the controls and functions of the vehicle that he/she is driving. It certainly helps to gain better control over the vehicle during exigencies thereby reducing the chances or intensities of mishap.
2. Follow the traffic rules
Traffic rules are put in place to ensure the safety of all the road users including you. So, it is mandatory to obey them even if there is no one to question. If you are driving abroad, learn all the traffic rules of that country and obey them all the time. Furthermore, it is always advisable to keep vehicle speed within limit and maintain safe distance from the next vehicle on road.
3. Take breaks on long journeys
Driving continuously for long hours can be tiring which leads to loss of concentration. The results of which could be fatal. Although modern vehicles have systems like driver drowsiness detection, why take a chance with your life? Hence, take short breaks regularly after certain time intervals.
4. Don't drink and drive
This is perhaps the most fatal mistake one can do while travelling. Consuming alcohol alters the way a person reacts and also increases response time in most of the cases. Thus, never consume alcoholic drinks before or during driving!
5. Make sure you have had a good sleep
A sound sleep at night keeps the brain alert and improves its function. Thus, it certainly is a prerequisite for a safe drive.
6. Avoid using mobile phones
Using a mobile phone while driving distracts the person thereby causing accidents. So, avoid using a mobile phone while driving a car. If the call is very urgent or something you cannot avoid, try using hands free devices or connect your phone to cars infotainment system which allows you to talk while driving.
7. Use seat-belts
Seat belt is one of the most essential safety devices in the car. Make sure to wear it properly before you drive!
8. Be careful while driving in rainy conditions
Heavy rainfall, snowfall or presence of fog severely hampers the road visibility and thus endangers car safety. Be very careful while driving in such situations. Slow down the car and put the headlights on.
9. Don't overload the vehicle
Overloading the vehicle severely affects its performance. An overloaded vehicle may lose balance on cornering or may not stop upon applying brakes because these systems are engineered for specific capacities only. Thus, make sure that you are not putting too much load (more than specified by manufacturer) in your vehicle.
10. Maintain the car properly
Vehicle maintenance is necessary, not only for performance improvement but also for your safety. Imagine cruising a highway at 80 kmph and suddenly some obstacle appears in front of your car. You apply the brakes hard but they are ineffective. Is a dangerous situation, isn't it? In order to avoid such situations, vehicle maintenance is absolutely essential.
We hope that these safe driving tips will help you drive safely whether you are a novice or a seasoned driver!
Have a happy and safe drive!!