Safest Ways To Drive... 5 Tips

While the unexpected does happen and sometimes there is just no way to prevent a car accident, the truth of the matter is that the majority of the cars accidents that do occur are caused by human error. While there's no foolproof method of avoiding a car accident altogether, you can lessen the risk by brushing up on safe driving techniques the way you do in driving schools. Here are some tips for you from the experts:

1. Don't Speed --
It might surprise you to learn that the facts are that the possibility of your being involved in an accident rises by five to six percent for every mile per hour that you travel at when you drive. The higher the speed gets, the more rapidly the risk will rise too. You should also know that speeding is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents. It has been declared a contributing factor in 35 percent of all fatal crashes, and the loss of over 11,000 lives.

2. Keep Your Distance --
It is always a smart thing when driving to maintain an adequate distance between your car and the car in front of you. This is because you have to have enough time to respond if that car should make a sudden stop or turn without warning. Driving schools always caution you about this and call it keeping a safe distance. When you think about it it's only common sense really.

3. Be Alert --
Whether or not you have an accident while driving doesn't always depend on you. You can be one of the safest drivers around, obeying the speed limit and following the rules and still have a serious accident because someone else hit you. So you have to do your best to be aware of what is going on around you all the time. Watch what the other drivers are doing and be ready to react quickly to whatever they do, whether it's a sudden lane change, an unsignaled turn, etc.

4. Defensive Driving --
Driving schools teach their students this. Part of defensive driving is being able to keep calm when confronted with aggravating traffic situations like a traffic jam, or a slow driver in the car ahead of you. It also includes things like not speeding, and keeping a safe distance from the car in front of you.

5. Vehicle Maintenance --
While state mandated inspections will help keep your car safe because the mechanic who does the inspection will tell you about any problems he finds, they usually happen only once a year. That's why you need to know about any safety issues and tend to them before they cause an accident.

For example, if you think there is a problem with your car's brakes, like a vibration when you press down on them, take your car into the shop and have a mechanic take a look at it. The brakes might be slowly wearing out and need to be replaced. Driving schools also caution their students about maintaining proper air pressure in their tires, because neither too high nor too low pressure is good for your car.

had earned her expert status in the field of driving by teaching at driving schools in Brisbane, and having been a student at one of the Brisbane driving schools.


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