Learning to drive a car is relatively easy, it only takes a few days to do it; but to be a good driver , you need experience and practice a series of habits that are acquired over time. Fortunately, experience is acquired by driving in everyday traffic; however, for various reasons, such as lack of awareness and indifference to road regulations, not everyone learns the right habits to be a better driver.
If you are responsible and law-abiding, follow these ten tips and your driving experience will be safer and you will become a better driver.
Obey speed limits
According to the Sûreté du Québec, high-speed driving is the leading cause of fatal accidents in Québec. So much so that it is the cause of a third of accidents. So, although it seems obvious, if you want to be a good driver, drive within the established speed limitz
Don’t get distracted
Forget your cell phone. If you are driving and you receive a phone call, do not answer it. Don’t eat or drink while driving, let alone talk to your co-driver. Distracted driving is the second leading cause of fatal accidents. Stay focused on what you are doing and focus on the exterior details to be more careful. Believe me, driving without distraction will make you a better driver and you won’t be putting the lives of your loved ones at risk.
Do not drive under the influence of drugs
It is not wise to drive while intoxicated or under the influence of other drugs, we all know that. However, although it is well known that driving like this is suicidal, it is one of the leading causes of fatal accidents in the world today. Being a good driver means being responsible behind the wheel, so, you know, no drunkenness or other drugs.
Please put on your seat belt!
Many people mistakenly believe that seat belts do little or nothing. But this simple mechanism has been proven to save lives. Never forget to put on your seat belt before driving. In fact, make sure your co-pilot wears one too. If you really want to be a better driver, wearing a seat belt is a priority.
Maintain safe distance
Respecting the safety distance from the vehicle in front is very important to reduce the risk of an accident. The regulation stipulates that any vehicle circulating behind another must do so at a safe distance, allowing it to stop if the one in front brakes suddenly, so as not to hit it. In addition, respecting this driving rule allows the cars behind us to overtake appropriately.
Use flashing lights when changing lanes
Using turn signals to let other drivers know you’re planning to change course is as important as wearing a seat belt or keeping your distance. Why ? Simply because using your turn signals greatly reduces the possibility of a collision. And anything that contributes to driving safety is a must.
Check the vehicle before each trip
You never know what can happen on the road, but what we can do is take all the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of an accident. Therefore, an important precaution that we should take as a good driver is to check the condition of some vital components of the car, such as the tires or the windscreen wipers.
Always drive defensively
Defensive driving is a good driving habit. Putting this technique into practice will save you and yours. Being aware of the mistakes made by others behind the wheel will allow you to anticipate and make decisions that will help you avoid accidents. If you want to be a good driver, defensive driving is the right strategy to achieve it. Always be very careful behind the wheel and your driving experience will be more comfortable and safer.
Be careful when entering a curve
Knowing how to drive around a bend is a characteristic of a good driver. You do not know how ? Now you know it. To take the curve correctly and as safely as possible, you must brake before entering the curve, with the car always in a straight-ahead position. You then need to turn the steering wheel with two hands, never just one, and carefully navigate your way. As an inexperienced driver, the biggest mistake you can make is thinking that nothing bad will happen if you take a risk. Remember that even expert drivers make mistakes. So never think that you are completely safe. Safety is a matter of caution.