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Post your safe driving tips.

Discussion in 'General Automotive Talk' started by Flexin, Apr 23, 2013.

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  1. davidexct

    davidexct New Member

    Sep 13, 2013
    We should always ride in a single lane and avoid overtaking and simultaneous change of lanes on the roads until it is too important. Safe Driving never tells us to overtake any vehicle just for fun or gaining respect in front of our friends or family members. We should never drive with fused lamps in the night time, we must replace the fused bulbs and lamps as soon as we come to know about it.
  2. The Kaiju Subie

    The Kaiju Subie Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    I'm trying to think out of the box here so here's one:
    If someone does something to really piss you off while you're on the road, try to exercise restraint to not give them the finger or yell some sort of obscenity at them. This causes extra stress on yourself and the other person. Just take a breath and carry on.
  3. yellowbird

    yellowbird Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    I think this one is really important to remember. I recently had a baby, and I didn't realize how much sleep can affect my judgement until now. When you combine the drowsy impairment with operating a machine that can take someone else's life or your own, I think that should be an eye opener enough to make one ensure they're fully rested before driving anywhere.
  4. Denis Hard

    Denis Hard Member

    Aug 8, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2013
  5. Maniak21

    Maniak21 New Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    A few of the tips I go by when I drive: Never drink before or meanwhile driving, or use any substance that might cause disturbance in your driving skills (be that anything, even some pills for cold). Never speed because you want to show off to somebody or friends, just drive safe. Always put your seatbelt on. You should rather wait for somebody to pass, instead of causing an accident.
  6. Flavia

    Flavia Member

    Sep 23, 2013
    Avoid or limit using your cell phones or even a car phone while driving. This can be very distracting and can cause some serious accidents. I know first hand!
  7. bonyi

    bonyi Member

    Oct 10, 2013
    My safe driving tips are not much but these few are things I always do when I drive. The first is to put on my seat belt no matter how short the distance is. Next is no distraction when driving that is no texting or phone calls and these have really helped a lot.
  8. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

    Apr 25, 2012
    Truck Driver
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Welcome to Gearhead Central @bonyi

  9. BigBigFan

    BigBigFan Fan of Life Founding Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    I'm not sure I can drive without distraction, I like to turn up the radio a bit when I drive because I can't do that at home as often as I like (kids, wife etc). Does blasting Metallica count as a distraction? :)

    My safe driving tip is to pay attention to the car in front of the car that is in front of you (2 cars up). Sometimes you know that the bonehead you are following is following the guy in front way too closely and so he's going to smash the brakes at some point. By watching the car two ahead instead of the back bumper of the car in front you can anticipate a problem in advance and slow down.
  10. Plistro

    Plistro New Member

    Oct 16, 2013
    One of my biggest tips is be courteous in heavy traffic! You'll find that you'll be less frustrated with your driving if you just ease up and let that extra person merge in instead of raging that the person in front of you isn't going anywhere. My other tip is to always be aware of your surroundings and have an "out". Basically some place that you can swerve off too in case anything happens. Keeping constant track of your surroundings ensures that you won't swerve off into another car :)
  11. Ricardo187

    Ricardo187 Member

    Oct 16, 2013
    Well, I have a few tips, even though they're probable known to most of people.

    Stick to the right lane unless you're inside a locality and your destination makes you change. Sticking to the right will permit the ones going faster than you to over-take you safely and you still can over-take whoever is in-front of you, just switch, always doing a "shoulder-check" like someone mentioned before. Also, it'll keep you "entertained" instead of just sticking to a lane and do a straight bored driving.

    Park backwards everytime you can, but that was already explained in the main post. Look backwards when you're reversing, don't stick to the mirrors as they have more blind spots that your eyes, and believe me, just because you're looking at the mirros, you wont see what's in-front of you, because when you focus your vision in something, all the rest becomes dense.

    Keep a good distance from the one in-front of you. Even the other day, there was two new BMW's in-front of me, and for some reason I thought to myself, "This is an empty road, why would they brake?" and kept less distance. What happened? One for some stupid reason decided to stop the car completly in order to turn right, which was completly un-needed and I, with a 21 years old car, had to brake as good as a new BMW model with ABS, traction controll, all these stuff.

    Whenever you start feeling the need of resting your head in the seat head rest stuff, pull-over, you're tired. Get out of the car for a few minutes, walk, drink somehing, like water, juice, even coffee...

    Don't speed too much, especially if the road is full. You might be going at the left side, over-taking, but if you over-take too quick, you wont have time to brake if someone suddently doesn't see you and switches to your side.
  12. nicola

    nicola Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    Never drive with your music too loud, and avoid changing lanes too regularly.
  13. Sheryl

    Sheryl Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Well said. I would say the same. Avoiding distractions while you drive will help you concentrate only on driving, thus making it for everybody safe on the road. However, despite the simplicity of this rule, seems a lot of drivers are still taking this for granted. :mad:
  14. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Member Founding Member

    Sep 9, 2012
    Web Developer & Content Writer.
    Virtual World
    Very useful tips!

    Long time I'm not driving, but I was thinking of drive again next year to facilitate move around because of a job that I will have to take in January or February, but exactly because I have not driven since awhile I feel somewhat scared to do it again, and these tips will come really handy to me :D
  15. KellyValentine

    KellyValentine Member Chevy Truck Club

    Oct 22, 2013
    My number one tip would be to pay attention to the road and especially other drivers. I usually try and predict what the other cars around me might do. Giving the road your undivided attention is a great habit to have.
  16. justusforus

    justusforus Member Founding Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    I cant agree more joshAnthony. Distracted and Drunk driving have become out of control. Fortunately, I see even young drivers speaking out against "D or D" driving. No one is against "partying" so to speak or using your phone...but you don't need to do either and get on the road and endanger others. If you are that cool when you drink, you should have an entourage willing to drive you around. If you don't think about whether you are obnoxious when you drink and rethink the whole thing.
  17. april84

    april84 New Member

    Nov 18, 2013
    I think one of the best safe driving tips nowadays is to not fiddle with your cell phone while you drive. I've done this before and it causes me so much distraction. Also, I would just say be more aware of your surroundings.
  18. caparica007

    caparica007 Active Member Founding Member Top Thread Chevy Truck Club

    Aug 3, 2013
    Cell phone, messing with the radio, driving tired, kids making noise in the back seat with toys... So many things that can distract us, like Kelly says, our attention has to be on the road.
  19. novasparker

    novasparker Member

    Aug 24, 2012
    First and foremost, put the phone down. One of the most distracting items in the care and the thing that causes the most accidents is the cell phone. By simply putting it in the glove box while you drive, you can potentially save the lives of those around you and your own. Do everyone a favor and put the phone away while you drive.
  20. wander_n_wonder

    wander_n_wonder New Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    For me, there are 2 things I keep in mind all the time:
    1. Never dare to use your cellphone while driving, even if you are just peeping a bit. Full concentration must be on the road and nothing else.
    2. Wear seatbelts all the time. Seatbelts can save your life. And always adhere to the seating capacity of your car so that all of your passengers have corresponding seat belts.
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