How long has it been since you took your driver’s license test? If it’s been a while, there could be some essential traffic safety tips that you’ve forgotten all about in the intervening time. Let’s take a close look at some often-forgotten safety tips to help you stray sharp when you’re on the road.
Leaving Enough Space at Stops
You know not to follow the person in front of you closely. That’s a safety tip that everyone can see when they witness an accident caused by tailgating. However, have you considered the safety tip that you should leave enough room when you’re stopped behind another driver so that you can see their back tires?
Many people think there’s no good reason to stop that far back from the car ahead of you. However, there are some good reasons to observe this behavior. For one thing, stopping further away gives you more room to turn out of the traffic if you see a vehicle hurtling toward you, either from the opposite lane or from behind you. If you’re stopped too close to the person ahead of you at the red light, then you might not have room to maneuver out of the way.
Parking your vehicle on the side of the road for an overnight stay seems like a pretty straightforward endeavor, right? Well, there are a few things you need to remember about overnight parking that might have slipped your mind since you took your driver’s license test.
When you park overnight, make sure you turn your wheels against the angle of the elevation. What that means is that in case your parking brake gives out, the direction of your wheels should carry your car into the yard, not into the street. If you park your car on the right side of a hill, turn your wheels hard to the right. That way, if your vehicle begins to move, it’ll turn into the grass and be at less risk of causing an accident.
Try to stay aware of the blind spots of other drivers on the road. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t ride just behind someone in an adjacent lane. You are in another driver’s blind spot if you drive too close to the side of their car. Either slow down and give them a bit more room or speed up to overtake them.