By Andre Smith
Drive safely regardless of the vehicle’s age or your driving skills. Accidents happen within seconds, so gain the experience you need to drive anywhere. Research tips that will help you reach a destination safely with minimal damage to you or your car.
1. Join an Auto Club
Consider joining a car club that provides a variety of benefits for drivers. Roadside assistance is one of the most important services available. Call a mechanic who comes to your aid quickly whenever you have car problems. This type of service is available at all hours of the day. Wherever you get stranded, know that your safety is assured.
2. Maintain Your Car Regularly
Every year, check up your car at a repair shop. This step is especially important if you plan to venture on a long-distance trip. Prepare for a week before the trip in case you have to pay for repairs. Tell the mechanic to review the tires, fluids and engine. Learn basic tips like how to replace a flat tire and turn the steering wheel to avoid a skid. Keep your car well-maintained throughout the year.
3. Consider an Energy-Efficient Car
As you drive safely, make sure that you promote the safety of the environment as well. Cars release gas fumes that contain all kinds of hazardous substances. Energy-efficient cars are designed to reduce these emissions and prevent air pollution. Also, invest in these cars to save hundreds of dollars on monthly gas costs.
There are many lists of popular vehicles that are affordable and easy to operate. The Toyota Prius is not the only car that is worth a discussion. For a good overview of eco-friendly vehicles, review this post by Klosters.
4. Include Emergency Tools
Include plenty of emergency tools in your car. Have a good first aid kit nearby along with flashlights and basic repair tools. Keep a spare tire, and know how to fix one within minutes. If you are stranded on the road, you should not have to flag down strangers. Always bring a cell phone and charger with you.
5. Do Not Drive Distracted
It is evident that people cannot drive drunk without causing problems. Find ways that you can reduce distractions while driving. Whether you text or eat fast food, be more cautious, drive slower or pull over. The best tip is to drive and avoid doing anything else. Also, do not drive when you are tired or emotionally charged. Review the surrounding areas where you drive. Cruising on the highway is more dangerous than cruising on a rural road and here is a great post on how to drive on highways for beginners. If you see many streams of cars flying past you, it is definitely not suitable to drive while talking on the phone.
Driving on the road comes with a wide range of dangers. Defective brakes, slick roads and irresponsible drivers are common hazards that you should know about. Even if accidents are caused by other people, do whatever you can to protect yourself. Prevent accidents from happening to you, passengers and drivers in other vehicles.
About the Author:
Andre is a marketing consultant from Brisbane, Australia. His two great passions are cars and football. He is also a blogger and has written a number of automotive articles that you can read on his Google+ page.