Wednesday, 10 July 2013

4 Tips for Safer Driving

4 Tips for Safer Driving


As a recent CNN article pointed out, it seems as if younger millennials (people in the 30-40 year-old age group) are placing less value on owning a vehicle and more value on owning technological gadgets. However, there are two sides to every argument, and some are arguing back that this is not the case despite statistics which show a decline in the number of young people obtaining drivers’ licenses and buying cars.

Regardless of whether you own a vehicle or not, are young or old, or ride a bicycle to work, it is still helpful to know the rules of the road and ways to keep you and others safe when traveling along the increasingly congested highways and byways. The following are some general tips to help you get started.

Stay Safe on the Road With These Tips.


Signal before changing lanes.

You’d think it was a no-brainer, but still there are people who fail to do this before switching from lane to lane. Be mindful of others around you, and let other motorists know where you plan to go before you go. Something as simple as flipping on your turn signal can prevent an accident.

Use your windshield wipers and lights when it’s raining.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handbook, whenever it is raining, you are required to turn on both your headlights as well as your windshield wipers. This is a safety precaution for you and for other drivers because it increases your visibility to see where you are going and who is around you.

Leave enough stopping distance between you and other vehicles.

Too often, accidents are caused by people who are tailgating (or following one another too closely) while on the road. When you are driving on a local street, leave at least one full car length between you and the next car in front of you. When you’re on the highway, increase this distance to at least 2-3 car lengths. Keep in mind that the faster you are driving on the road, the more distance you’ll need between you and the next person to stop your vehicle in the event of a complete standstill.

Don’t text and drive.

As tempting as it is to check your cell phone for messages, missed calls, emails and social media sites, keep your phone tucked away and turned to a quiet setting while traveling by car. You shouldn’t be on your phone at all when driving (phone conversations included) because it distracts your attention from the road. Remember- it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have cell phones! How did we ever drive from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B’?!

About the Author:


Janelle is writing on behalf of Ruff-Tuff. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ruff-Tuff Products, LLC has been manufacturing "America's Finest Custom Seat Covers" for over 30 years, and it is one of the leading manufacturers of vehicle seat covers in the United States.