13 Nov Share The Road Safely
If you do a great deal of driving, whether it is to and from work daily, driving as part of your job or just driving for the family vacation, you know you can experience a lot of stress when behind the wheel. Dealing with poor drivers, heavy traffic, and extended time behind the wheel can put you into different dangerous situations. If you are a casual commuter or a professional driver, there are simple ways to be a safer and better driver.Some of those tips are below.
1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
The most important part of any vehicle is the DRIVER! Make sure you are well rested before you get behind the wheel. It makes no difference if it is a trip across the state to Aunt Bertha’s for Thanksgiving dinner, a quick jaunt across town to the mall or a trip across country with a load of lettuce going to the local grocery supplier. ALL drivers should be well rested before they drive.
2. MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE
Commercial drivers are required by regulations to inspect their vehicles before and after each trip. Your personal vehicle should also be inspected on a regular basis. Check your owner’s manual for details. Learn how to identify safety defects and get them repaired before risking your life and the lives of others on the highway.
3. FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT
If you are the driver of the vehicle, buckling up can give you added control in the event of an accident. All of your passengers should be buckled and children should be in the appropriate child safety restraint for their age, weight and height. If you are in a crash, a seat belt can save your life. A major cause of fatalities in truck and auto accidents is from being ejected from the vehicle.
4. WATCH THOSE BLIND SPOTS
(yours and the other drivers)
Large trucks have blind spots, around the front, back and sides. A truck could always turn into you because these blind spots make it difficult to see. Remember, if you can’t see the driver in the truck’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you. Smaller vehicles have blinds spot too. Know your vehicle and know your own blind spots. Always be aware of your surroundings. Watch out!
5. DRIVE DEFENSIVELY
Avoid aggressive drivers! Keep your distance and maintain a safe speed. The only thing speed will do is increase is your chances of an accident. Don’t make unnecessary lane changes. Always use your signals when turning or making a lane change.
6. SLOW DOWN IN CONSTRUCTION ZONES
Watch for highway construction. Stay alert. Take your time going through these areas and give yourself plenty of room. Be courteous of highway workers and their work space.
7. NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE
Drinking and driving don’t mix, end of story. Don’t let it be the end of your ability to drive, don’t let it be the end your job or your career, don’t let it be the end of your freedom, or don’t let it be the end of your life or someone else’s life. Never, ever drink and drive-it isn’t worth the risk.
8. SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONE
You really can get by without it while you are driving. Texting and driving is strictly prohibited and talking while using a hands-free device should only be done as a necessity. If you need to make a lengthy call or send an email or text, pull into the next rest area or stop at the next travel center. Get safely off the road, handle your business and then return to the task of driving.