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Safe Driving Tips

Safe Driving Tips

Drivers must be responsible while driving a vehicle. Here are some tips to all drivers as safety is always a priority. 

Focus

While driving, it is essential to stay focused. Even slight distraction may lead to an accident. Do not text, rock out on loud music, don’t argue with children in the back seat, have pets jumping around in the vehicle, etc. Practice defensive driving, buckle up and stay at safe speeds for the road and traffic conditions. 

Defensive Driving 

Always drive defensively. Defensive driving is safe driving. Never assume that other drivers will follow road rules. Expect the unexpected. Not everyone on the road is a responsible driver. Follow the 2-second rule, driving two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you, and in bad weather, make it a 4-second rule. Always check your blind spot before changing lanes, and be sure to have your blinker on when changing lanes. 

Plan Ahead 

Never rush when getting from one destination to another. Allow yourself plenty of time in your trip schedule. Stop driving when you find yourself getting tired. Taking breaks during your trip is important as it helps to keep you alert. Stop to eat, make phone calls, etc. Always have your mirrors, seat, and controls adjusted before starting the vehicle. 

Safety

Safety is essential when behind the wheel. Do not get behind the wheel unless you are focused and sober. Be sure that all children have proper restraints, as well as animals and cargo. Secure everything. Have any essential items like toll fee, garage pass, etc. within easy reach, and be sure that you and all passengers are buckled up before starting the vehicle. 

 

Driving with Children 

Children can be a distraction. Be sure that you have plenty of activities for the children so that you can concentrate on the road. Have puzzles and travel games, as well as snacks and beverages. 

 

Don’t Drive When You Feel Tired  

When you feel tired, pull off the road. Staying behind the wheel when you are tired is jeopardizing your own safety, that of your co- passengers and other drivers. 

 

If Involved in An Accident 

If you are involved in an accident, it is essential that you take the correct steps. West Gosford Ute & Truck Rental offers the following tips: 

  • Do not leave the scene of the accident 
  • Call 911 or the local police immediately 
  • If the accident occurs on a busy highway, do not get out of the vehicle until the authorities arrive 
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with all drivers involved in the accident
  • Contact your insurance provider to report the accident
  • Driving in Bad Weather 

 

Bad weather can make being on the road difficult. Snow, freezing rain and slush all create hazardous driving conditions. To help eliminate the hazards when driving in bad weather be sure to follow the following tips: 

  • Secure everyone in the vehicle with the proper restraints. Keep young children in the child restraints that are designed for their weight and size. Everyone else in the vehicle, including pets should be buckled up. Pet harnesses are for sale at most pet stores or online. 
  • Take extra precautions when driving in bad weather, especially in icy areas like bridges, intersections, shaded area and overpasses. 
  • Keep up- to- date on weather reports either online or the radio so that you are prepared for road conditions. 
  • Keep an emergency kit in the vehicle. The kit should include flairs, jumper cables, a first aid kit, and blankets. 
  • Have all cell phones fully charged before taking off on the road. Be sure that the gas tank is also full. 
  • Safe driving is necessary for the safety of everyone on the road. Follow all road rules, be prepared for the unexpected and never get behind the wheel of the vehicle when intoxicated. 

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