Essential driving safety tips

Whenever you get behind the wheel of a car, you need to be thinking about safety. Not only will this help keep your vehicle in good nick, bolstering its resale value, it will also work to protect the health and safety of you and others on the road.

Here are some essential driving safety tips to consider every time you’re driving a vehicle.

Driving safely: Essential tips 

One of the first driving safety tips – that is, driving at a safe speed – is incredibly obvious, but that doesn’t mean everybody’s paying attention to the speed limit. Make sure you’re not exceeding the speed limit, and if the conditions are adverse, drive even more slowly.

When you’re on the road, remember to look out for hazards and put your full attention into the task at hand. Don’t let distractions, such as the radio, your mobile phone or even passengers, take your attention away from driving. Remember, using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal.

Speaking of distractions, did you know that driving while fatigued is a huge risk factor for crashing? According to the South Australian government, not sleeping for more than 17 hours affects driving ability to the same extent as having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.05. Going without sleep for 24 hours has the same effect as a BAC of 0.10, which is double the legal limit. Before you drive anywhere, make sure you’ve had an adequate rest.

It’s also important to understand how your driving style may affect your safety on the road. Aggressive driving and instances of ‘road rage’ can increase the likelihood of accidents or conflict, so it’s essential to show understanding of other drivers – or if you make a mistake, to apologise with a wave or something similar.

Keep safety tips like this in mind, and you and your vehicle will fare a whole lot better on the road.