Whether you’re driving alone or with passengers, safe driving should always be your number one concern. With more distractions than ever, practicing safe driving every time you’re on the road will keep everyone safe. Safe driving will also save you money, so what are you waiting for?
Be Mindful of Blind Spots
They’re called that for a reason! Visibility is the key to safe driving and unfortunately, all cars have blind spots, especially large vehicles. To help avoid collisions due to blind spots, minimize lane changing, check your side mirrors, and familiarize yourself with the blind spots of your vehicle.
Understand the Safe Braking Distance
Depending on the size of your vehicle and how fast you’re driving, the safe braking distance will vary. As a rule of thumb, the following equation will help you figure out your safe braking distance:
Thinking Distance + Braking Distance = Stopping Distance
Here are some averages:
- 20 MPH: 40 feet
- 30 MPH: 75 feet
- 40 MPH: 118 feet
- 50 MPH: 174 feet
- 60 MPH: 240 feet
- 70 MPH: 315 feet
Avoid Distracted Driving
The leading cause of road collisions is distracted driving. Avoid texting, smoking, using your mobile phone, and be well aware of the area around your vehicle at all times.
Stay Away from Tailgaters
Staying away from aggressive drivers is one of the main ways you can ensure safe driving. If you’re experiencing someone tailgating you (driving too close to your bumper), let them overtake you instead of accelerating to make them happy. If possible move over to a different lane or pull to the side of the road and let them pass. When you’re moving out of the way, don’t forget to use your blinker!
Follow the Road Signs
Road signs are there for a reason so it’s important to follow them. Whether it’s a speed limit, no passing zone, or a stop sign, these rules were put in place to keep you and the other drivers around you safe.