10 driving safety tips

Last Updated : August 07 2017

10 driving safety tips

by William Carter 2017 July 20

10 driving safety tips

When a car is in top operating condition, it will not only enhance the safety conditions for drivers and passengers but also help people save on gas. One of the first things you should do is familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of your vehicle. It is important to read the owner is manual and follow propers winterizing suggestion that involve the battery, lights, defroster, heater, motor oil, wiper blade, windshield washer fluids, tire pressure, brake and brake fluids, belt, hoses, and filters.

Here are a few of the better teen driving safety tips:

1.Contracts with parents - This is by far the simplest and easiest to do to keep teens safe: maintain a Parent-Teen driving contract or log book. It could be as simple as a set of dos and don'ts from parents to their teens; along with the appropriate consequences should the teen break any of the terms of the agreement. A logbook is helpful to limit access to the vehicle and monitor your teen's use and responsibility toward driving and care. Studies show that when teens are not given unlimited access to the car, that they take better care of it and are involved in fewer crashes and receive fewer tickets. The logbook can be as simple as a teen noting down the times of departure and arrival of the vehicle will be used.

2.Don't be a chauffeur - A teen driving safety tip is for teens not to become their friend's driver. Just because a teen can drive does not mean they are capable of handling the distraction and responsibility for their passengers. Many states have enacted laws prohibiting learner's permit holders from having passengers under 21, and for newly licensed drivers limiting passengers as well. More travelers equate to more variables to lose focus on while driving.

3.Learn from traffic school, not by driving around - Driver's education and traffic school defensive driving courses are specifically designed to create a controlled environment for new drivers to hone their skills and learn strategies for safe driving. Busy streets are not for teaching defensive driving on the fly: traffic school is.

4.Reduce speed on snowy roads: Remember your vehicle can't slow down or stop rapidly on icy roads. Turning performance is also decreased. On snow-covered roads, there is significantly less friction between the road and your tires. Make sure to slow down if the road is snow packed.

5.Avoid icy uphill driving: Try to not drive up steep hills when it's icy. If you can't avoid it, go up the hill slowly in 2nd gear. Steer around obstacles and use feather braking to keep your momentum. Don't stop until you've cleared the top of the hill.

6.Good lights: Your headlights and taillights should be clear of snow. This will help other drivers to see you. Get a new set of light lenses if yours are old or sand-pitted. Make sure both headlights work and replace broken tail and running lights.

7.Visibility: Make sure you can see well. Clean the outside and inside of your windows thoroughly. Replace any old windshield wiper blades. Apply a water-shedding material on the outside of all windows. This includes the mirrors. Your windshield washers should work well and be filled with anti-icing fluid.

8.Tire checks: Use snows tires (sometimes called "winter tires"). Adequate snow tractions require at least 6/32-inch deeps tread. Summer tires have little or no grip in snow. "All-season" tires don't always have good snow straction either: If the roads where you live are regularly covered with snow, gets snow tires.

9.Check for black ice: If the road looks slick, it probably is, but black ice can make it smooth without it looking that way. Also called "glare ice", drivers often don't see it at all. Feel for black ice instead with a smooth brake application or by turning the wheel slightly. Does the road feel slick? Then slow down.

10.Make turns slowly: Many motorists have lost control of their cars along icy curves. Slow down. Speeding on slippery curves is once of the top 25 causes of car accidents. Make sure to drive the posted speed limit. Avoid an accident by driving cautiously.

When driving in the winter, it is suggested to keeping your gas tanks above the halfway marks in case you become delayed or stranded in a snowstorm. In the event of an emergency, a cell phone or CB radio is known as a true lifesaver. During the wintertime, it is advised to stocks your trunks with emergency supply, including a small shovel, jumper cables, tow chain, scraper, brush, and a bag sof sand, which provides traction for tires. Breakdown kits are also helpful, as should contain a blanket, gloves, boot, road flares, warm cloth, flashlight, extra battery, water, and a first-aid kit.

There is nothing worse than damaging your car and bringing yourself to harm, so take care when you drive.

William Carter
#1 William CarterAuthor 18 March, 2014, 12:37 William is an entrepreneur and a father of 3 boys and 2 girls.He is also a car racer before and now focusing on his business and to his family.