Safe Driving is more than a series of tips you must memorize. Safe Driving is also a state of mind that helps you stay alert and respond in a timely manner to potential road hazards.
Follow the next tips to make sure you always have the right Safe Driving mindset while you’re behind the wheel.
Driving requires your undivided attention. Distractions to avoid include adjusting radio or other controls, eating, drinking, and talking on the phone or texting. Remember: There’s no safe way to use a cell phone and drive, since even talking with a hands-free device is a cognitive distraction tan poses a risk to everyone on the road.
Keep Your Cool in Traffic
Impatience is a factor that can lead to accidents, so it’s important that you learn to stay calm while you drive. Be aware of any mounting feelings of impatience and come up with strategies to counter them. For example, when you feel overwhelmed in a traffic jam you may decide to breathe deeply in order to calm down while you stay focused on the road.
Don’t Take Things Personally
Be always courteous to other drivers, and don’t take it personally if they don’t act the same way. Aggressive drivers are a serious safety hazard, and you must always avoid conflict with them. Some steps you may consider are:
- Avoid eye contact
- Don’t make obscene gestures
- Don’t tailgate
- Think twice before using your horn
- Make sure your doors are locked
- Report aggressive drivers if necessary
Take Actions to Reduce Your Stress
Be proactive about your mental state and take measures to ensure that you’re always at ease when you drive. Plan your routes with anticipation and allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Avoid taking medications that make you feel drowsy and rest about every two hours during long drives.
At Certified Safe Driver we offer high-quality Safe Driving courses and webinars that are engaging, straightforward and user-friendly so you can acquire the mindset and skills to protect yourself against the overall risks of being on the road.
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