7 Safe Driving Tips

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.

How to Prevent your Side Mirror from Getting Damaged

Breaking your side mirrors is a silly and rare mistake that drivers might make once or twice in their lifetimes. There are a few basic ways that side mirror damage can happen. Follow these tips to avoid it happening to you:

  • Tuck in your mirrors when going through a car wash. Some older car washes require you to fold in your side windows. If you don’t, they can get damaged.
  • Pulling into a very tight space is a no brainer. Don’t force your way into a parking space if you want to protect your side windows.
  • Parking on a busy street in a city or heavily populated suburban area without closing your side mirrors is a good way to get winged by reckless drivers.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners that use ammonia or alcohol when you clean the glass of your windows. Use a microfiber towel that will not scratch the glass.
  • Don’t overuse your power windows. Letting your kids play with the power windows can cause unnecessary wear and tear to the sensitive electronics controlling the power windows.

Breaking your side mirrors is a mistake that can easily be avoided with careful driving.


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