If a collision or accident occurred every time a driver did something unsafe on the road, bad driving habits would never develop. However, all too often, a driver gets away with something – either poor behavior or judgment – that develops into a bad habit.
But good driving can also lead to the formation of habits, just like bad driving. If you do something right enough times, it will soon develop into a good driving habit. Some good driving habits that typically lead to good driving performance include:
1. Staying alert
You cannot drive your best if you are mentally or physically distracted. To stay alert, you should take regular breaks to stretch and rest. Fatigue can lead to reduced concentration. So when you drive, always ensure that you’re well rested, fully awake, and fit to drive. Also, avoid doing things that distract you, like eating, drinking, texting, calling, tuning the radio, etc.
2. Using your mirrors
Using the different mirrors should be second nature to a good driver. Mirrors are among the best tools you have for safe driving, and using them to keep track of what traffic is doing behind and around you, especially before you change lanes or pull out to pass, can help prevent accidents. Also use the mirrors when parking, reversing, and doing anything else where your visibility is limited, but there is a mirror facing that direction.
3. Using your turn signals
This may seem like common sense, but some drivers get lazy or ignorant, and start using their indicators less and cutting off other drivers, which can cause accidents. It is common road courtesy to use turn signals when turning, changing lanes, or pulling off the road.
4. Keeping a safe following distance
Some drivers have a bad habit of creeping up on the car ahead and following too closely, especially when they want to overtake it. Tailgating is dangerous. To keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead, allow a minimum of 3, 4, or 5 seconds - between when the car ahead passes a certain point and when you pass the same point – for a car/van, bus/truck, and tractor-trailer, respectively.
5. Keep your car tuned up and well maintained
Ensure that your car is in good condition at all times by changing the oil as required, keeping your tires well inflated, and keeping the brakes, transmission, and engine in a perfect state.
These good driving habits can be learned in a short time, and will help to keep you safe on the road. But when involved in a collision, or require some body work done on your car, bring it to City Collision for professional auto body repair.
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