There may be perfect drivers out there. But for the rest of us, we’re known to make a mistake from time to time.
There’s always room for improvement! In the spirit of self-improvement, we’ve compiled some tips for becoming a better drive.
Don’t get tunnel vision! Keep your eyes open and try to get the lay of the land. If you only focus on what’s right in front of you, particularly the car in front of you, you’re seriously reducing your reaction time. Parents.com recommends looking five vehicles ahead. Check your mirrors regularly, too.
Don’t panic. As difficult as it is to remain calm, it’s important to keep your head because there are actions you can take in the few moments before an accident that can prove helpful. Don’t slam on the brakes if steering out of the way of harm is better. And if you need to brake aggressively, don’t pump your brakes. Anti-lock brakes are specifically made so that you can still steer while braking fully.
Limit your distractions. This means getting yourself situated before you take off. If you need to adjust your children in the back or retrieve an item in the backseat, find a place to pull over to do it. There is nothing more distracting than a cell phone. If texting and driving is too much of a temptation, try putting it in the glove box. If that doesn’t work, try the trunk
In the end, the best way to be a better driver is to be honest with yourself. Notice when you make a mistake and put a plan into action to prevent it from happening again!