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10 Tips to Become a Better Driver in 2017

10 Tips to Become a Better Driver in 2017

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Friday, 30 December 2016 07:37 AM Current | Bio | Archive


Losing 10 pounds? Quitting cigarettes? Or just giving up your gaming addiction?

If you haven't made your New Year's resolutions yet, you might want to consider adding a few from behind the wheel. A change or two to your driving style can make all the difference on the roads - and could even save your life.

 

  • 1. Buckle up you and your children properly. No single thing can prevent more accident injuries and deaths than belting in, especially for children. Set a good example and make sure all the adults buckle up before you move the vehicle.
  • 2. Concentrate on driving. If you must use a cell phone, try using the Bluetooth in your car, or a hands free headset. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
  • 3. Stay in control. Aggressive driving happens on the roads, don’t be aggressive back; just keep driving the way you were. They will have to deal with their own consequences. Avoid hand gestures and dirty looks.
  • 4. Become a mirror-checker. Not for your makeup or hair, but for the flow of traffic. You can see a lot of incidents coming your way if you scan your mirrors - rearview and side mirrors - every half a minute or so.
  • 5. Pass left - drive right. The left-most lanes are meant for passing. If you're not passing or not completing a pass in less than a minute, move over and let others by. It’s a pet peeve of mine.
  • 6. Park with a conscience. Other people's cars deserve the same care you'd give your own. If a space is too tight to open your doors comfortably, find another parking spot.
  • 7. Learn how to stop quickly. Anti-lock brakes are standard on most cars today, many drivers still aren't sure how they work. Experience them in a local parking lot, start by hitting the brakes hard and feel the pulsation on the brake pedal. Don’t lift up your foot, keep it on the pedal firmly. That pulsation on your foot is your anti-lock brakes working. Try it!
  • 8. Create some breathing room. Remember the following distance of three car lengths is almost forgotten in traffic. Open some space between your bumper and the car ahead.
  • 9. Pay attention to flashing lights. Whether it's an emergency vehicle, police car, school bus or another driver flashing to pass, pay attention and pull over to the right side of the road. Put yourself in their position.
  • 10. Change lanes safely. Miss your exit? Need to make the next right turn - but you're in the left lane? Don't move across three lanes of traffic, or cut off other drivers - wait until the next opportunity or move over earlier. It may save your life and others too.      
     

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® is a nationally recognized automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host. Post your comments on Twitter: @LaurenFix or on her Facebook Page.

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Losing 10 pounds? Quitting cigarettes? Or just giving up your gaming addiction? If you haven't made your New Year's resolutions yet, you might want to consider adding a few from behind the wheel.
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