To successfully pass your driving test, you will have had to learn all of the safest driving practices, such as checking the mirror, fastening your seatbelt, being hyperaware of your surroundings.
However, it’s easy to start slipping into less stringent driving as soon as you are a fully licensed driver. You begin to forget about checking your mirrors before slowing down or failing to signal when you’re making a turn.
Lazy driving can put you and your passengers at risk as it can increase the risk of road traffic accidents. It’s not just lazy driving habits that can cause accidents, too.
Driving with a flat tire, having a faulty car battery, failing to put your seat belt on…there are lots of things to consider when you’re thinking about road safety.
Being aware of how you can keep your car in tip-top shape and how you can practice great driving is key to keeping you and your family safe. Here are some top tips to maximize your road safety.
Get the Best Insurance for Your Car
Getting the best car insurance you can find for your vehicle will ensure that you are covered in the event of an accident. It’s illegal to drive without valid insurance, so make sure to renew your policy from the moment your old one expires.
There are three different levels of coverage – comprehensive, third-party, and third-party, fire, and theft. Choosing the highest level of insurance will provide the maximum protection for you and your passengers.
Keep Your Tires Inflated to the Legal Minimum
Driving with flat tires can be a safety hazard. It can cause you to have less control over the wheels and reduces your car’s grip on the road.
There is also a legal minimum tire tread depth (1.6 mm), so you should regularly check your tire inflation. If your tires are below the legal minimum, you’ll need to pump them up.
Make sure to check your tires before any long drives and especially before you head out on an icy day.
Also read: How to Ride a Motorcycle Safely
Take Action When You See a Warning Light
Your car has built-in mechanisms to signal when something is wrong. Most of the warning lights in your car are found on the dashboard and they will illuminate when there is an underlying problem that needs urgent attention.
Many of us are guilty of spotting a warning light and choosing to ignore it until we have no other choice but to fix the problem. However, leaving your car in a sub-optimal state increases the risk of breakdowns and car accidents.
In some cases, the problem might affect the function of your brakes or engine, which can pose a serious hazard risk. The problem might be caused by an eroding car battery, which could cause leakages inside your vehicle.
As soon as any warning light comes on, get it checked out and resolved as quickly as possible to keep you and your family safe.