Car crashes killed 42,000 people in the US last year and injured even more. They’re unfortunately very common and some people still get in them no matter how carefully you drive.

This is because external circumstances could affect the crash, such as weather or another driver you have no control over.

All you can do, however, is practice the safest driving you know how to massively reduce the risk.

Here are some safe driving tips you should always follow. 

Think Ahead

The most important thing you can do is think ahead. Just because you’re practicing smart driving doesn’t mean everyone else is.

They may be distracted, or behind the wheel of their first car, and not quite sure what they’re doing yet.

Don’t focus on what’s in front of you. Always be glancing in every mirror of your car so you can adjust if someone doesn’t seem confident or skilled on the road.

Leave a Safe Gap

You should maintain a good distance from the cars around you. Make sure you don’t drift too close to the lines of the lane and if you find yourself getting too close to the car in front of you, drop back.

This can be hard to do sometimes, as someone behind you might be pressuring you! Don’t give in to that and focus only on your own driving — with an awareness of the cars around you.

The car in front of you could suddenly brake, or the car behind you could hit you and cause a pile-up if you’re too close to the one in front.

Know Your Level of Distraction

For some people, distracted driving means even listening to music while they drive, as they can’t concentrate on the road. Other people can hold a conversation with passengers just fine.

It’s important to be aware of your own personal level of distraction and stick to it.

However, never use your phone while driving or any other device. This is a distraction for anyone!

If you do get into an accident due to this, you should be honest when you talk to the police. Don’t be tempted to lie. 

Don’t Drive Under the Influence

Most people know not to drive under the influence, whether you’re a first-time car buyer or have been driving for many years. Some people are still tempted, however.

Not only should you refrain from doing this, discourage others too.

If you’re about to get in a car with someone you know has been drinking, offer to call them an Uber. Don’t get in the car with them.

Influence others to make the smart choice or you could end up in an accident yourself.

Practice These Safe Driving Tips

The importance of following these tips can’t be overstated. It’s easy to get complacent if you’ve been driving for a long time, but it’s essential to remember you aren’t the only driver on the road, and other people might be more dangerous drivers than you.

Keep an eye out, stay undistracted, and make sure you’re ready to act in response to other drivers.

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