Six Tips to Prepare Your Car for Safe Driving
As technology and convenience advance, drivers have more distractions than ever before. It’s hard to keep a safe driving mentality, but here are a few ways to prevent accidents and be ready if one actually occurs.
Make Plans for Long Trips
If you’re taking a long trip, especially at night, figure out the best way to keep whoever’s driving fresh and awake. Make frequent stops to rotate drivers when you’re traveling in a group. If you’re driving alone, take along coffee in a container you can safely sip during the drive. If you don’t like coffee, simple dry snacks like granola bars can also raise your blood sugar and wake you up.
Always Have A Designated Driver
If you’re going out and plan to drink at all, select a designated driver. Take turns if you usually go out with the same group. This driver must not only stay sober, but he or she also keeps the keys with them and gets everyone safely home.
Get an Emergency Kit
Vehicle collisions are just one dangerous situation drivers may face on the road. You could also find yourself stranded. Things will go much more smoothly if you’re ready with a basic survival kit. Food, water, maps, flashlights, spare change, a first aid kit, and other essentials are all listed on the Red Cross site. Remember to adjust the contents of your emergency kit each season. You’ll want to pack warm extra clothes during the winter and extra water during the summer.
Maintain Your Lights and Windows
Rough weather makes smeared glass that much worse. Clean your headlights, tail lights, and signal lights every few months, and keep your windshield and windows clean. Ordinary washing is fine, but be sure to treat the inside of all of your windows with some streak-free glass cleaner. The better other drivers can see you, and the better you can see ahead at night or in thick weather, the safer everyone will be.
Stay on Top of Your Tire Pressure
At least once a month, check your tire pressure, especially in the colder months when the pressure lowers. Make sure to test your tires before you drive your car that day since tires can get too warm and give inaccurate readings after driving.
Tell Someone Else Where You’re Going
Finally, one of the best ways to protect yourself against worst-case scenarios is by letting someone know where you’re going. If you’re visiting someone, this gives you a reason to call and update them, and they’ll be looking for you. If you set a pattern of calling every few hours as you travel, then someone will be concerned about you if you miss a call. They’ll know where you last were, how to check up on your and when to call the authorities.
We at Rairdon CDJ of Monroe want to help you avoid accidents and other dangerous situations altogether, but we also know that not preparing for the worst is inviting it to happen. Stay safe and aware of threats at all times, and you’ll be much more prepared than the average driver.
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