Driving in your car sure seems like a very comfortable and easy way to get around, especially if you're the busy type.
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You would want to be able to get around to where you want whenever you want, you know? You're in control of your mobility.
But then driving your car means you are responsible for your safety, you're not relying on any ‘expert’ driver.
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You are your expert driver, and you need to be accountable for your driving.
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Therefore, you need to understand driving safety tips. This article Is for you, for me, for everyone, because safety should be first.
It is estimated that over 5,891,000 car crashes happen each year. Out of this unfortunately large number, 1,235,000 are weather-related.
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This information might have you thinking, bad weathers can get nasty sometimes, well, here are some tips that would help you out when driving during bad weather.
1. First off, you need to calm down. Although the weather has gone bizarre, take a deep breath and believe in yourself, you do not need a panicking mind as this will only confuse you more.
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2. Pay Attention! As a driver, the most important thing is getting you and your passengers to your destination and getting there safely, so you need to focus on the road at all times, side talks and sideshows can wait.
You also need to pay attention to the activities of other drivers and pedestrians on the road.
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3. Drive slowly: During severe weather, be it rainy, foggy, Snowy or a sandstorm, you need to press those brakes.
As you cannot see clearly what is ahead of you, you do not need the extra speed, even if you're in a hurry. During rain and fog, the roads are usually extra slippery which can lead to severe accidents if speeding occurs.
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4. Keep your headlights on: Keeping your lights on is very vital during bad weathers, as other drivers need to be aware of your presence on the road. Before taking on a journey, clean your headlights so that they can be clear.
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However, different weather situations require different adjustments to your headlights;
- When driving in a fog, keep your beams on low, high beams tend to mix with the particles in the air and confuse other drivers.
- During rain, it isn't advisable to use your rear fog lights as they can mask your brake lights and affect other drivers on the road. When diving at night in the rain, regulate your headlights so that you can have better control of the beams.
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5. Drop that phone! No text or phone call is worth your life. It is highly advisable that you
completely drop your phone while driving as information you get on your phone can distract you and cause you to lose your focus for just the tiniest of seconds.
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While driving, all communications should seize till you're done, drivers should also encourage passengers not to distract them by trying to hold conversations that require concentration.
Driving is easy really, even with the many rules that come with it. It can be fun-filled with the introduction of having sing-alongs or playing safe driving games. However, never do it at the expense of your safety. Good luck!