Driving a car is not one of the common chores you do daily. Even if you are the most experienced driver, you need a few tips next time you are behind the wheels. Whether you are going on a road trip, down to your parents' place, or visiting a friend in the next city, it is essential to get safety tips to make the journey smooth for you.
As much as your grumpy mechanic will take care of all car maintenance, it would help if you had a bit of knowledge when driving.
Tips for Regular Car Driving
1. Get A Co-Driver
Where possible, especially during long drives, share driving responsibilities with someone else. This helps to make you rest without wasting time. You will also be able to keep an eye on each other. If this is not possible, put on some music and leave your window cracked open.
2. Get Enough Sleep and Food.
Always get enough sleep (approximately 8hours uninterrupted) before sitting behind the wheels. This will prevent doxing spells and keep you alert. It is crucial that you also eat enough. If you cannot get enough food before, you are free to make stopovers on the road to get some snacks.
3. Do Not Drink and Drive.
Alcohol impairs judgment. If you drink before or when driving, you become intoxicated and sleepy. You may end up causing a terrible accident. Everyone probably knows this rule, so, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
4. Familiarise Yourself with The Car
If you own a car, most likely you are familiar with it. However, if you are fond of renting cars when driving, get to know the car and its parts. This includes knowing more about the brakes, horn, lights, etc. you can do this within the first 30 minutes of getting the car.
5. Fill The Gas Tank.
Never wait until the gas tank is almost empty or empty for you to refill. Check the gasoline tank before you start driving. You can also turn to the gas station during your trip to refill.
6. Get Familiar with Traffic Laws.
Different states have different traffic laws. While you can turn right on a red light in one state, it may be an offense to do that in another. If you plan to drive into a new state, make it a point to go through the local traffic laws. This will prevent you from getting into trouble with the law.
7. Service The Car Regularly.
As much as the car may sound and move normally, you must have the grumpy mechanic look at it regularly. The mechanic will inspect the general condition of your car and repair or replace it where necessary. The mechanic should carefully check parts such as brakes, backlights, mirrors, oil, and engine.
8. Respect Other Road Users
Be it pedestrians, bikers, or other motorists, respect is important. These other people on the road have the same rights as you to be on the road. In instances where you are required to give in to the pedestrian, please do. Always indicate when you are about to turn. Drive in your lane and observe speed limits. Simply put, adhere to all traffic rules and regulations.
9. Get Car Insurance
You never really can tell what will happen on the road. It is wise to buy car insurance. If you suffer an accident, your insurance will compensate you for any injuries you sustain. The insurance company will also take care of any damages. If you are a AAA member, your insurer will help you if you are stuck on a lonely road.
10. Bring Along Safety Equipment.
Again, the road is unpredictable. Bringing along tools and materials for safety purposes will save you. Consider packing a first aid kit, extra fluids, flashlight, spare wheels (or donut), jumper cables, pillow, and blanket. All these become handy when your car breaks down.
11. Put On Your Seat Belt.
Any time you are driving, make sure you and all the passengers buckle up. Not only is this the law in most states, but it is also safe.
Sitting behind the wheels regularly requires that you be alert. Being a good driver is not enough; confidence is essential too. The tips above will come in handy for regular driving. These tips will help you avoid a trip down to your grumpy mechanic. You will also observe road safety rules and protect yourself and other motorists.