Eyes on the road, hands on the driving wheel.
Driver should avoid activities which distract his attention and lower his alert during the driving. The most risky is watching into the mobile phone, phoning or texting, eating during the driving, smoking, putting on make-up or turning to the back seats when you want to calm down your child. You can’t forget, that you shouldn’t leave your eyes from the road at all. The situation on the road can be changed in few seconds and you have to be alert to react in the moment. You should also watch your rear view mirror to be aware, what is going on behind your car.
Frequent question is how to hold your wheel. Maybe we will disappoint you, but the good old quote “for 10 minutes 2 hours” doesn’t exist anymore. This rule was created in times when cars didn’t have airbags. The safest way to hold the wheel is in position 9 and 3, with your fingers on the steering wheel circumference not around it. You will avoid unpleasant injuries, such as finger or hand fractures, in case of an airbag deployment.
Watch out for speed and keep distance
Too fast drivers have on conscience a lot of accidents, but driving very slow is equally dangerous. A certainty is drive about the same speed as other vehicles. A driver is compulsory to keep the distance between him and the vehicle in front of him that he can reduce a speed in a good time. Minimal safe distance between two vehicles is defined by 2 seconds, for heavier vehicles is a 3 second rule.
Why? If a driver is fully concentrated on the road, his react time is in average 1 second, during which he is able to realize the critical situation in front of him. So this 1 second gives him a space to act. Ideal is choose your orientation point along the road- for example column, tree, mile post or traffic sign. From the moment, when the car in front of you pass the point you have chosen, start counting: one hundred twenty one, one hundred twenty two, one hundred twenty three. After the counting, your front part of your car should be on the orientation point.
The seat belt and lights.
You should fasten the seat belt securely during each ride. This “trifle” can literally save your life. It reduces the risk of fatal injury by up to half. Use the blinkers if you are changing your direction or if you want to avoid the obstacle on the road. Be careful about the lights too. Mainly, do not illuminate other drivers in the opposite direction by inadequate adjustment of lights or by incorrect use of distant lights during the night ride. You care about the safety of other drivers but also about yours.
Did you know, that 24 hours without sleeping has equal reaction on your body as one per mile of alcohol in your blood? To be sincere, no one would go drive with one per mile, wouldn’t he? So take care about being rested when you drive. If you are driving a long distance, don’t be shy to rest on the gas station and take a nap for few minutes. Just only 30 minutes of sleeping can give you the energy for couple of hours. If you are tired, the risk of microsleep is really big. Only few seconds microsleep can cause an accident.
Don’t forget about insurance
Driving will be always risky activity and even the most experienced drivers can have an accident. To tell yourself that it can’t happen to you because you are a safe driver is a stupid idea. You can drive safe and appropriate but a driver from the opposite direction can hit right into your car. That is the reason why is good to consider insurance in the form of accident or injury insurance or the purchase of assistance services in the case of an accident, except the mandatory contractual insurance, which everybody must have in law. Insurance can help to protect your property or help you in a difficult period after the injury.