The road can be a dangerous place, even for very experienced drivers. You might be a cautious, careful driver, but accidents do happen. Here are 3 tips that could help you stay safer on the road.
1. Adjust your side mirrors
When looking in your side mirrors, your car should not be visible. While you might believe it’s a good thing to have a bit of your car’s rear showing in your, it actually creates blind spots that can become a danger to you and your passengers.
By angling them away from you to the point where you don’t see your car anymore (but not much wider than that), you will eliminate most of your blind area. This results in any cars passing you on either side remaining visible in at least one of your mirrors until they’re next to you.
2. Keep your headlights on
While you’re unlikely to drive at night without your headlights on, it’s important to keep them on while driving in daylight too. Doing so will increase the visibility of your car to other drivers from further away.
3. Fight your instinct to brake
Yes, you read that right. If you slam on the brakes during a tyre blowout at high speeds, you run the risk of fishtailing or even flipping your car, which puts you in even more danger. So what should you do? Accelerate! By keeping your foot on the acceleration for a couple of seconds until you regain control, and keeping the car as straight as possible, you could save your own life and that of your passengers. Don’t go crazy with the acceleration; just give it enough power for you to gain control.
These are just 3 of a long list of things you can do to keep yourself safe while driving. Do some research for other little-known techniques, or go for an advanced driving course, and stay safe!