Adjust All Mirrors And Seats Before Placing The Key In The Ignition
Do not ignite the vehicle as soon as you get into the car, take a moment to check if the mirrors and your seat are in position.
If either mirror needs adjustments, simply place your head on the driver’s window and adjust the left mirror until the left-end of the car is visible. To adjust the right mirror, tilt your head to the center of the vehicle and adjust the mirror to get a better view of the right-end of the car.
When you return to your natural sitting position, you will not see either end of the vehicle, but your blind spots will be reduced.
Do Not Use Your Mobile Device
Seems like an obvious one, however you’d be surprised how many of us fail to keep our mobile phones at bay whilst driving. And drivers using a mobile phone are four times more likely to crash their vehicle.
Mobile devices are one of the biggest distractions to drivers because they demand full attention: manual, visual, and cognitive, causing you to take your hands off the steering wheel, your eyes off the road, and your mind off the road.
If you happen to be a passenger in a moving vehicle operated by a distracted driver, you need to intervene as they are putting the occupants of the vehicle at risk.
Practice Defensive Driving
Defensive driving is a set of driving skills that helps you anticipating major risks and potential hazards
If you look far ahead, focus your attention on the road, and keep your eyes sharp, you will easily spot potential hazards. Once you have spotted a potential hazard and decided what to do, act immediately.
Here are some defensive driving tips:
• Drive at a controllable speed.
• Do assume you know another driver’s intention.
• Prepared to react to other drivers.
• Yield at intersections, even if you have right of way.
• Stay focused on the road and remove all distractions such as mobile phone use, unstrapped toddlers, etc.
Watch Out For The Other Guy
Sometimes, you could be driving as safe as possible, obeying all traffic rules and speed limits, and someone crashes into you. There’s nothing you can do about that.
When you’re driving, it doesn’t hurt to assume everyone else on the road is an idiot. Be prepared for sudden stops, tailgating, swerving, unsignaled turns, and every other imaginable bad driving behavior. There’s a big chance you’ll eventually be right and it pays to be prepared.
Look Far Ahead When Driving
You need to be fully focused while driving, but all that focus need not be on the car before you.
In order to take in, process, and respond to everything happening on the road, you have to constantly scan the road about half to a full mile ahead. This way, you can tell if you’ll need to let go of the gas pedal and prepare for a stop.
Don’t Follow Too Closely
Since you cannot read the intention of the driver in front of you, don’t tailgate. Maintain some distance between your car and the car ahead in order to give yourself enough response time should the car ahead make a sudden turn or stop.
Experts recommend using a three to four seconds gap.
This simply means you should look ahead for a stationary object, as soon as the car ahead of yours passes the object, start counting the seconds until you pass the same object.
You can increase this to seven or eight seconds when driving at night or in bad weather.
Avoid The NO-Zone
Larger vehicles such as trucks and buses, due to their raised driver’s seat position, have a blind spot known as the NO-Zone.
Since the drivers of these vehicles cannot see certain areas around the vehicle, tailgating these vehicles of driving directly ahead of them is risky.
While following these vehicles, make sure you can see the driver through his mirror, and honk often so they know you’re there.
To stay out of the large blind spot in front of these vehicles, always make sure the entire front of the vehicle is visible in your rearview mirror