When you stop to consider your driving skills, are you happy with the results?
For many drivers, their habits on the road could improve on many fronts.
First, some drivers are almost always running late. As a result, they put themselves and others in danger in the process.
Second, some drivers get distracted. As such, they once again can be a risk out on the roads.
Last, some behind the wheel are driving vehicles that are not fit for the roads. With that being the case, they can be a stone’s throw away from being in an accident.
If you fit in one or any of those categories, do you plan to improve your skills driving forward?
Learn Where Your Driving Habits Are Going in Reverse
To be the best driver you can be, remember the following keys:
- Scheduling – Don’t be that driver who is always five minutes behind schedule. As a result, you may speed; cut others off etc. when out on the roads. By leaving on schedule as often as possible, you lessen the chances of causing an accident. For example, if you have an 8 a.m. appointment and it takes you about 30 minutes to get to that destination, do not leave at 7:30. You have to factor in traffic and also the potential for inclement weather. By leaving at 7:10 or 7:15, you give yourself more time to get to your destination in a safe manner.
- Rules – How well do you know your state’s rules of the road? Chances are, you need a refresher course more often than you might think. With driving information from the California DMV or your state, you have more info. Assuming you do know the majority of the driving laws, make sure you obey them. Sure, most drivers go over the speed limit on occasion. That said going over a few miles and 15 or 20 makes a big difference. Keep in mind that following the laws also decreases the odds of being in an accident. While an accident is a hassle because of potential fines and repairs, it can also cause trouble in your work. If potential employers or others end up doing a people search, they may find you’ve been in your share of accidents. It can harm you with getting work, obtaining a loan, and keeping your auto insurance rates low. If people see you as a potential risk, they’re more likely to steer clear of you.
- Vehicle – In keeping your vehicle in the best shape, you should do maintenance checks. Make sure brakes, tires, windshields, turn signals and more are all up to the needed standards. If one or more are not, your chances for being in an accident go up. While you might think you are saving money now by not fixing vehicle issues, you will pay for them down the road. When that happens, it can mean more than a few dollars. You could end up paying with your life if your vehicle is a hazard for the roads.
In improving your driving skills, are you driven to be the best driver out there?