Safe Driving Tips
Whether you're a novice driver or you've been behind the wheel for years, it's smart to review ways to be safe while driving. Here are some safe driving tips:
Obey the speed limit. Speeding takes you out of the normal flow of traffic, so other vehicles become obstacles to avoid. Exceeding the speed limit also reduces the time you have to react to things like sudden stops, lane changes, merging traffic, etc. Even if you're late, don't risk an accident by speeding.
Don't tailgate. Rear-end collisions are avoidable if you stay a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. Following too closely reduces your reaction time – making it difficult or impossible to stop when the driver in front of you brakes suddenly.
Look around before changing lanes. If you're not paying attention to what's going on around you, changing lanes and merging onto a highway can be dangerous. Use your side- and rear-view mirrors to see whether a car is in the lane you're merging into. Then check your blind spot—a vision gap between the rear-view and side-view mirrors – before making your move.
Keep your vehicle well-maintained. Another way to ensure safety while driving is to keep your vehicle in good mechanical condition, which can help you avoid accidents. For instance, low tire pressure and worn brakes can inhibit your control over your vehicle. Have it serviced and regularly maintained by a professional mechanic, according to your owner’s manual.
Avoid distraction. Consider all the potential distractions in a car: Cell phones, eating, loud
music, navigation devices and even other passengers. Stay focused on driving, and wait until you've parked before texting or digging around for that CD.
Use caution in bad weather. Your driving habits should change with the weather. Rain, snow and ice can cause slick conditions, so slow down to reduce slipping or spinning out. If you live in an area with a lot of snow, consider winter tires, which grip the road better in icy conditions.
These defensive driving tips can help you stay protected on the road. Protection also means having adequate auto insurance to cover you in an accident. Get the affordable insurance you need by calling a Titan Insurance agent today.
The provided information and safety suggestions were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is intended for informational purposes only. Titan and its affiliates assume no liability in connection with providing it or your use of it. Your circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety suggestions, and there may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.