The road is a jungle, they say. As a driver, you should always opt for safety above all else. There are lots of accidents resulting from reckless driving, and you may want to steer clear of all those risks. The question is, how exactly can you prepare for a safe drive? And what are some driving tips you can use to avoid getting involved in an accident? Let us count the ways:
1. Before you go out on the road, always check your tires. They are the ones most usually overlooked but are of the greatest importance since your tires are the only parts of your car directly in contact with the road. You may want to make sure they are properly inflated and are in proper alignment. Not doing so could to get into trouble later.
2. Check your batteries. Make sure the terminals are clean and the connection is tight. A little baking soda will do the trick to clean a dirty terminal, so make sure your batteries are in good condition and well serviced. Driving a car with poor battery invites a breakdown usually at the most inconvenient times.
3. Also, check your fuel level. Running out of fuel is more common than you may think. Fuel gauges are not always entirely accurate; be sure you always have a minimum of one-quarter of a tank of fuel at all times before proceeding on your trip.
4. Check the brakes. There are too many accidents due to break failure. Be sure to have them physically checked by your mechanic. Worn out, damaged or malfunctioning brakes invite disaster.
5. Finally, follow road rules. Respect street lights and stop signs. Don’t tailgate! Leave a two-second gap between you and the car before you. In times when visibility becomes a problem, you should leave a four-second gap, especially during rainy days or foggy conditions.
Use your turn signal indicators. This will let other motorists know what you plan to do and will give them time to decide which way to go. Drive smart and safe. Hasty decisions will result in potential accidents risking your life and the lives of those around you.
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