In the excitement of getting a brand new car and the thrill of being a first time driver, you might overlook a few important safety tips. Here is a list of 10 things you might want to take into consideration.
1. Rules of the road
During your driver’s licence test you are required to follow the rules of the road to a tee. However, as time goes on and one becomes more of an experienced driver, the rules of the road become less insignificant and most people tend to follow just the strictest.
Always be aware of the rules and try to adhere to them.
2. Driver’s licence
As a driver you must make sure you always carry your driver’s licence at all times with you. If you are stopped by traffic officers without it, you might get a hefty fine or have your licence suspended.
3. Be a conscientious driver
As a driver, you always have to be alert and aware on the road. Be considerate to other drivers and obey the rules of the road.
4. Insurance and tools
Getting your car insured is one of the smartest things you can do for your car and protect your interests.
Having insurance is a safety net that will help you get your car fixed, towed and covered in case of an emergency or hijacking.
5. Locked doors
Even if you are leaving your car for just a second, always make sure that your car doors are locked. It is also advisable to lock your doors when you are driving (in case of a hijacking or when driving with young children who might unknowingly open the door)
An alarm system is very important for security purposes as it might alert you sooner if you are in the process of having your car stolen while you are indoors.
7. Road rage
Road rage is one of the things that cause accidents on the roads. Do not fall victim of road rage by doing or saying something inappropriate to other drivers.
Most drivers fear the prospect of getting hijacked. Be alert and avoid situations that might get you hijacked such as picking up hitchhikers.
However, no matter how cautious you might be sometimes it can be inevitable. If you do happen to fall victim to a hijacking, give in immediately and do as you are told. A car is not worth risking your life for and this is where having insurance can be a benefit.
It cannot be stressed enough, just like not drinking, DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE. Get hands-free gadgets to make sure that your hands are only focused on the driving.
10. Extra set of keys
In a hurry, it is easy to lock your keys in your car or leave them somewhere and forget. Always make sure you have an extra set of keys somewhere accessible so that you are not left stranded.
Armed with these 10 safety tips, your driving experience will be 10 times better than most and remember most importantly, always drive safe.