How good of a driver would you rate yourself to be?
If contemplating this and troubled to answer you may need to reassess your abilities.
For one, you can always consider stopping in at your local DMV and brushing up on your driving knowledge.
No, that does not mean you have to retake the driver’s test or anything like that. What it does mean is getting the latest reading material on your state’s driving regulations.
So, if the time has arrived where you need a refresher course or two on being a better driver, get going.
Don’t Take Your Driving Responsibilities Lightly
So that you can be the best possible man or woman behind the wheel each time out, remember these three tips:
- Confidence – You need confidence if you’re going to be an effective driver. While not cocky, you want to feel you have everything under control and will avoid accidents. Part of that confidence is to know that distractions (see below) will not get in the way. If they do, it can put your life and others on the road with you in peril.
- Distractions – You also need to avoid distractions at each turn on the roads. Sure, you may not think taking a quick call or shooting off a short text will be dangerous. That said both could end up costing you your life and the lives of others. Even if everyone survives an accident that involves more than a dent, injuries can be major. From your cell phone to eating in your vehicle and more, do not let distractions get the better of you. Your prime focus should always be on the road and nothing else.
- Vehicle – If having trouble making ends meet, don’t let a faulty vehicle be why you get into an accident. Although law enforcement does it best to pull over those driving faulty cars and trucks, they can’t nab all. In the event your vehicle needs more than a little work, take it in to see a mechanic. You may be able to save some money by getting the worst of the repairs done first. This means you can do others down the road. Also note that many car shops will allow you to pay your bill or bills over time. This will give you a little financial breathing room in the process.
Knowing What is Around You
Even when you are doing everything asked of you in being a safe driver, others may not follow suit.
That said be sure to know what is going on around you when driving down the road.
Yes, some other drivers can be doing any of the following:
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Not using turn signals
- Not turning their lights on as dusk approaches
With all you have to do in your car or truck, keep in mind that you often share the roads with countless others.
In improving your driving skills over time, don’t be afraid to learn again.
If everything turned out right, you learned the right way to drive from day one.
Now, make sure you are doing as well if not better from that day.