Road accidents can happen to anyone and it can happen anywhere. The only known effective solution to avoid road accidents is smart driving. However, majority of students nowadays are not driving smart. It is probably because of lack of education about driving or lack of interest in learning how to drive smart. Majority of students are taking the importance of smart driving for granted because of overconfidence in their driving habits.
Truth about Driving
If you want to be a smart driver, here are some things that you should know:
Accidents can happen at the most unexpected times
You should always be cautious. Drivers with driving licences should know about this. You’ll never know when an accident can happen. Among the most common assumptions of drivers is that they think they can drive recklessly on certain times and in certain locations. This assumption can put you into danger. Now, you want to make sure that you, your car and your passengers are safe all the time. Therefore, you should always be driving smart anytime and anywhere.
Your passengers don’t care if you can drive fast.
A passenger’s main concern will always be about his or her own safety and not how fast you can drive.
You are not a race car driver
Drivers who usually get into accidents are those who drive like they are trying to win a race. Go easy on your speed and focus on getting to your destination safely.
How to Drive Smart
Driving smart can help prevent accidents. But aside from preventing accidents, another benefit drivers can get from driving smart is that they have higher chances of successfully passing driving exams to get driving licences. So, how do you go about smart driving? Well, you can start by doing the following:
Keep yourself in good physical and mental condition
Driving safely requires you to be physically and mentally alert. Don’t drive when you feel sick. Exercise regularly and eat healthy foods. It is best to know about the vehicle you are driving. This allows you to operate a vehicle efficiently and effectively.
Make sure that all functions of the vehicle are working
Check the brakes, battery, lights, etc. This is to ensure that you won’t encounter any accidents that come from vehicle function failure.
Don’t forget to fasten your seatbelts.
As a smart driver, you should make sure that you and your passengers’ seat belts are buckled.
Turn on the headlights as soon as it gets dark or when under poor weather condition
You should make sure that you have a perfect vision of the road. Also consider using window glaze. Applying window glaze on your windshield can improve your road view under rainy weather. If you have poor eyesight, you might want to have your eyes check and have an eye expert recommend a suitable pair of eyeglasses. You shouldn’t be driving with blurry eyesight.
Don’t neglect to use the signal lights whenever you change lanes or turn
Signaling is very important when driving since it allows other drivers to predict your movement which gives them time to think and react to your move.
Always keep your distance.
This is to avoid accidentally bumping other vehicles.
Always stay within the speed limit
This allows you to stop safely. When under poor weather conditions, drive slower with caution.