Car accidents are the number one causes of deaths in the world. Most of these accidents can be avoided if only the drivers were more carefully. The relevant authorities and governments have also formulated stringent traffic rules that seek to reverse this trend. Below are some easy ways of improving your driving skills.
10. Be On The Lookout For Other Drivers
Most motorist tend to assume that the other drivers know what they are doing. Unknown to them is that not all drivers are competent enough or in a capacity to respond in a timely manner to unforeseen occurrences. Based on this fact, it is always good to keep an eye out for other drivers even when going through a green light. Also, be prepared for drivers who suddenly change lanes when driving on a highway.
9. Be Watchful
Professional drivers can attest to the fact that there is need to not only watch where you are going but also your side and behind for fast approaching cars. By doing so, you will be able read signs and lane markings before making a turn. More importantly, remember to check your blind spot before changing lanes and ensure that you are in the right lane well in advance if you plan to take an intersection. Other road hazards that you should look out for include construction zones, stalled vehicles and potholes.
8. Keep A Safe Distance
This will give you plenty of time to stop if you see a problem ahead. Also, it will give drivers using the same road an opportunity to hit the brake pedals on time. It is also important to ensure that there is ample distance between you and the car ahead just in case it decides to come to a halt without warning. The distance should be equivalent to one car length per 10 miles per hour. Note that this depends on the weather conditions and traffic. That is, when driving in bad weather conditions, you should leave more space.
7. Make Room For Other Motorist
This is one of the most important traffic rule that is foregone by most drivers. Take time to look at the traffic behind you before stopping. Do not hesitate to flash your brake lights if you think that the other car may hit you from behind. The rule of the thumb is, one should be able to see the tires of the vehicles in front of you. Make sure that you slow down when entering a curve or turning to prevent your car from skidding.
6. Desist From Fighting With Ill-mannered Drivers
When driving in public roads, you are likely to encounter ill-mannered drivers who will hail insults at you or even rudely cut you off. Try not to fight them back as this will only succeed in making the situation worse. Don’t let your emotions get in the way as they can hinder you from making informed decisions. Bottom line; take full control of your emotions.