Driving on the highway can be distressing. However, by familiarizing yourself with basic safety measures on the road, you can ensure that you get from point A to point B with minimal risk. By paying attention to the road, practicing defensive driving, and taking care of your vehicle, you can feel confident and confident behind the wheel.
Method 1 of 3: Pay Attention to the Road
Step 1. Get rid of distractions like cell phones, loud music, or meals
All of these things distract your attention while driving and can put you and others at risk of an accident. If you have to do something that might keep you from concentrating on the road, just pull over to the side.
Step 2. Park to the side if you are tired
If you are half asleep, it will be difficult for you to concentrate while driving. If you notice that your eyes are starting to close or that you are wandering, this is a sign that you should no longer be on the road. Find a stop to rest or a hotel so you don't risk your life or that of others.
Step 3. Check your mirrors frequently
This will help you to constantly be aware of the drivers next to you and behind you. Make sure your mirrors are well positioned to reduce blind spots.
Step 4. Follow posted traffic regulations
You should be aware of all traffic notifications, such as speed limit, safety, construction, and danger signs. These will help guide your driving and reduce the risk of accidents.
Method 2 of 3: Driving Defensively
Step 1. Avoid driving alongside other vehicles
Getting too close to other cars can lead to road rage and could also cause accidents where people have to stop fast or lose control of their car. Leave at least a 3-second gap between you and the car in front of you.
Step 2. Stay away from unpredictable or aggressive drivers
If a car is bumping into lane changes, constantly shifting gears, swerving, or hitting other vehicles, get as far away from it as possible.
Step 3. You must be visible to other drivers
Use your car lights whenever it is difficult for you to see the road and other cars. Whenever there is fog, rain, sleet, snow, dusk, dawn or dark, your headlights will help you see others and others to see you. Make sure to use your turn signal every time you change lanes.
Step 4. Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt
If you don't use it, you run a huge risk of dying or hurting yourself. Seat belts reduce the risk of death from accidents by 45%, and cut your risk of injury in half.
Step 5. Prepare for accidents or mechanical problems
Having a first aid kit, jumper cables, a fire extinguisher, jack, and a spare tire can help you deal with an accident or car problem. Make sure you have an emergency contact on your cell phone just in case.
Method 3 of 3: Take Care of Your Vehicle
Step 1. Get your car inspected before any long trip
Have the mechanic check your fluid levels, tire pressure, and do any general diagnostics on your car to make sure it's safe for travel. Make sure to repair any mechanical problems that could put you in danger before driving.
Step 2. Wash the windshield, windows and mirrors
Dirty glass makes it difficult to see outside the car while driving, increasing your risk of not seeing something.
Step 3. Make sure all the lights are working
This includes low beams, high beams, brake lights, taillights, and turn signals. Check to make sure their covers are clean. Having all your lights working is extremely important for overall road visibility.