Many adults drive every day. It may even be part of your job. It’s easy to forget that driving means that you use a lot of skills, often at the same time.
Common reasons for motor vehicle injuries include being distracted, having drugs or alcohol in your system, being aggressive when driving, being tired, not wearing a seatbelt and, sometimes, not enough training or the right training.
Take smart risks to reduce injuries that have to do with any type of motor vehicle (e.g., car, truck, motorcycle). Following are some important safety guidelines for motorists which should be kept in mind while driving:
Avoid Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is one of the major and growing threat to road safety. Increasing use of mobile phone creates different types of distraction like auditory, visual, manual and cognitive. Even texting causes cognitive distraction along with longer periods of both visual and manual distraction.
Avoid Drunk Driving
Never drink any alcohol before your trip. While you may not become intoxicated from beer, you will more likely become sleepy.
Watch Your Speed
Protect yourself and your car by keeping an eye out for potholes and watching your speed. Do not exceed the speed limit mentioned on the roads and highways.
Maintain Safe Distance
Make sure to maintain a safe of distance between your car and the vehicle in front so you can see potholes in advance.
Be aware of other traffic or pedestrians on the road before changing course to avoid a pothole.
Avoid Unnecessary Braking
Unnecessary braking can be very annoying for other motorists and can sometimes lead to serious accidents. Therefore, it should be avoided.
Look for Potholes
If you have to drive over a pothole, allow the wheel to roll freely into the hole.
Hold the steering wheel correctly
Make sure you are holding the steering wheel properly when driving on a road with potholes because failure to do so may mean you are losing control of your vehicle.
Recovering Lost Parts
If your vehicle sustains damage while traveling, such as a lost hubcap, ensure you stop in a safe location before attempting to recover it.
If you wish to inspect any damage to your car, ensure that you stop in a safe place rather than a fast traffic road.
Get Checked Out
If you have hit a pothole and suspect your car has sustained damage, we recommend you get the vehicle checked out by your local mechanic. Ask them to verify if there could be any other issues such as problems with tracking and wheel alignment, tires or suspension.
Check Tyre Pressure Regularly
Check your tyre pressure regularly to ensure safety as a line of defense against potholes. Recommended tyre pressures can be found in your vehicle’s handbook and on the label located inside the driver’s side door frame or doorpost.
Proper training and practice can reduce the risk of injury. Take a defensive driving course, sign up for motorcycle training, and obey the rules of the road.
Seat belts and child safety seats are two of the best safety devices ever invented – they save lives and prevent injuries. Wearing a seat belt is the law but it’s more than that and it just makes good sense. Make it a habit. It sets a good example for others, including your own children.
Monitor Your Mirrors
Look and check before you drive on the street; some cars have hidden spots so be careful in checking and looking at them one by one.
Follow Traffic Signals
Stop on red light and never attempt to beat it. A lot of accidents appear when a person attempts to beat the light.
Take Care of Your Health
Do not drive if feeling tired or haven’t slept in the last 18 hours