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Are You Driven to Road Safety?

Each time you get behind the wheel, do you think this may be the day you have an accident?

The hope is you do not have that kind of mindset. Such a mindset can lead to nervous driving and having an accident.

In being the best driver possible, you want to do all you can to make sure you steer clear of accidents each time out.

With that in mind, are you driven to road safety?

Drive Ahead with All the Right Moves

In doing whatever it takes to the safest driver out there, keep the following pointers in mind:

  1. Knowledge – How many years have you been driving? Even if driving for decades, it never hurts to take a little driving refresher course on occasion. Doing so allows you to polish up on your state’s driving laws. It also means being up to speed on what the penalties are for serious traffic infractions. Do you know the repercussions if convicted of driving under the influence (DUI)? Not only could you lose your driver’s license and do jail time, but your career could suffer with a conviction. Know the rules of the road each time you get behind the wheel.
  1. Vehicle – On a scale of 1 to 10, how safe would you say your vehicle is? Unfortunately, too many owners are behind the wheels of cars and trucks that should not be on the road. Have your vehicle checked on a regular basis for bad tires, brakes, burned out lights and more. By keeping tabs on your vehicle, you lessen the chances it will be a major factor in an accident. As you have to buy new furniture for your home or do repairs, you can’t let your vehicle continue with worn-out parts.
  1. Habits – Do you have some habits when driving that could lead to getting into an accident? For some drivers, the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Among bad ones would be distractions while driving, drowsy driving, and reckless driving. While going over the speed limit a little bit on occasion is not the end of the world, don’t make a habit out of it.
  2. Confrontation – Last, go out of your way to avoid confrontations with other drivers. As an example, someone cuts you off on the freeway. Your first inclination may be to go after them and do the same. All that does is place you and others at risk of a serious accident. If someone cuts you off or does something else bad, at least try and get their license plate. This will allow you to report them to authorities if they do not stop to see any damages they may have very well caused.

Know When You Are Slowing Down

One of the most difficult decisions one will make at some point in their life is when to give up the car keys.

Over time, a person’s ability to operate a vehicle will decline. This can be due to a medical issue or plain old age.

No matter what brings you to that point in life, don’t try and force yourself to drive. If you are not comfortable any longer behind the wheel, give up driving for your safety and the safety of others.

If driven to road safety, you will make being a safe and responsible driver a priority.