In Driving Tips for Teens (Part 1), I already discussed the basics in driving defensively. For this follow-up post, I will share specific tips for better driving. Read this carefully especially if you’re a teenager. These tips will help you to be aware and take the necessary actions when you are on the road.
Here are the defensive driving tips you need to know about:
Your safety should always come first.
- Whatever is provoking you, just let it go. More than anything else, your safety should be your priority. Do not get into situation that evoke your aggressive tendencies.
- Just do your best to avoid other people’s bad driving. All you need to do is allocate a lot of space between you car and the other vehicle. Most importantly, never forget to wear your seatbelt. In case anything happens, it will protect you from being thrown out of your car.
Check your surroundings and pay close attention.
- Always lock your doors at all times, and check your mirrors for anything near you. Take time to constantly scan on the things that can be near you. Scan the environment and assess what could happen in 20 to 30.
- This is a related tip to the reminder on Driving Tips for Teens (Part 1), which to focus on the road. If you notice a fast car approaching your direction, slow down and bring the vehicle to a stop at a curb or at the side of a road.’
- Aside from cars, you also need to watch for any pedestrians, bicyclists, and animals near you. These other factors can just appear out of nowhere and startle you.
Do not rely on other motorists.
- Your safety in your hands. Do not expect that others would be considerate of you or give way in case of a traffic congestion. Always assume that other people will beat the red light or ignore the stop sign. So, you can be prepared to act in case they really do the worst. Plan your course of action and do not put your fate in the hands of a stranger.
Allocate 3 to 4 seconds.
- Under normal traffic conditions, always allocate around 3 to 4 seconds. This will help you create a safe distance with other vehicles on the road. With the 3 to 4 seconds buffer, you will have time to apply the brakes if necessary.
- In a bad weather, you should increase the allocation. More seconds will mean additional distance especially if you are following a huge delivery truck. This also applies when the weather is rainy, foggy, or snowy.
These are just some of the important driving tips. You have to take note that according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 90% of the car crashes are due to the driver error or human error.
If you need more tips on defensive driving, you can head to your local AAA or the Department of Motor Vehicles office in your state. This is a friendly reminder from A+ PLUS AUTO GLASS. Since we are on the topic of safety, you can have your auto glass checked at A+ PLUS AUTO GLASS. You can schedule an auto glass inspection by calling the number 623-218-6844 today!