Most Forgotten Driving Safety Tips
If you’ve been driving a long time, the higher the chances that you forgot some of the rules and regulations of safe driving. The longer you drive, the easier it is to forget even the most basic of traffic laws. Over time, you may learn shortcuts that make driving easier but these aren’t always safe and law abiding. The easiest way to avoid a collision is to make sure you’re always following the rules of the road.
Here are some of the most commonly forgotten driving safety tips, which are important to revisit every so often so you stay safe on the road.
When parked on a hill, turn your steering wheel to prevent your car from rolling
If you’re parking on a hill, always remember to turn your steering wheel to ensure it does not roll while parked. If you’re parking uphill, turn your wheel towards the street. When parking downhill, turn your wheel towards the curb. In doing so, your vehicle will roll towards the curb and not into oncoming traffic. Always make sure to set your parking brake and if you have a manual transmission be sure to put your car in first gear.
Use appropriate caution when driving in fog
Driving in foggy weather requires you to be careful and mindful of other drivers that may be hard to see. Make sure you watch your speed and slow down if it is hard to see the road. You can follow the lines on the side of the road in thick fog to make sure you’re staying in your lane. Never use your high beams in fog, as the fog will reflect off the bright lights making it even harder to see.
Always check your mirrors and adjust your headrest
It is very easy for a mirror to move, especially if you share a vehicle with someone else. Before you drive, check your mirrors to make sure they are where you need them to be. You should also adjust your headrest so it is even with the top of your head and about an inch away from your head. Your headrest is there to help limit whiplash in the case of a rear-end collision.
Don’t forget to stop for school buses
Just because there may be room to drive around a school bus doesn’t mean that you ever should. School buses are hard to miss, especially when their flashing lights are on. Keep children safe and always stop for school buses.
Remember how to determine who goes first at a four-way stop or when a traffic light is out
The rule of four-way stops, or in the event of a traffic light going out, is that the person that stopped first has the right away. If two or more cars approach the stop at the same time, the car to the right always goes first.
Share the road with bikes and pedestrians
The road isn’t only for drivers. You’ll come in contact every day with pedestrians and cyclists and they have their own sets of rules and regulations for being on the road. Keep a safe distance and only pass when it’s safe to do so.
Whether you’re a new or seasoned driver, it’s not a bad idea to revisit the rules and regulations that keep you and everyone else on the road safe.