In the United States, more than 30 million people drive to work alone daily- about one out of every 10 workers. Whether you commute to work in a city or a small town, driving by yourself daily can be isolating and stressful. Even with the stress and dangers of commuting, most people choose not to give up their car and instead drive to work by themselves. Fortunately, there are ways to make your commute safer. If you are among those who must drive alone to work, you should know a few things. Following these tips will help keep you safe on the road:
Pay attention to the speed limit.
Being a safe driver means keeping within speeding limits and changing your driving habits to accommodate different weather and changes in road surfaces. It’s essential to keep your driving speed within the posted speed limit at all times. Speed limits exist for a reason, and breaking them can lead to serious consequences. The least serious being a fine, and the most severe causing a serious accident leading to loss of life or devastating life-changing injuries. Speeding can also affect your driving record, hamper career prospects and leave you with criminal speeding on your record, increasing your insurance premiums.
Avoid driving too close to other drivers.
Always keep a safe following distance between your car and other vehicles. You should avoid tailgating and keep a safe distance between yourself and other drivers to give yourself enough time to react in an emergency or change in situation and road conditions. You should aim to keep a two-second distance between yourself and other drivers. If someone drives too close to you, avoid speeding up to get out of their way. Instead, drive steadily and don’t react to the situation. If possible, move out of their way or even pull over if you feel threatened or intimidated and let them pass safely.
Don’t use your phone.
Using your phone while driving is dangerous and illegal in most states. Hands-free technology is your best bet to avoid getting a ticket. If you must use your phone while commuting, put it on speaker and do not use your hands to type or scroll. Many people think that they aren’t distracted if they are not holding their phones. However, it only takes two seconds to look down at your phone. This brief glance can take your eyes off the road for long enough to cause a severe accident.
Avoid driving distracted
Driving distracted means you are doing something that is distracting you from paying attention to the road. Driving distracted can lead to an accident. It can lead to an accident the same way driving too close to the car in front of you or while using your phone does. Driving distracted can be almost anything – eating in the car, putting on makeup, reading, going when angry, etc. Try to have a clear head when driving and put issues aside to avoid increasing the risk of an accident on the road.
Commuting is a necessary part of daily life. Unfortunately, it can also be a very stressful and dangerous time. Fortunately, there are ways to make your time on the road safer. By paying attention to the speed limit, avoiding driving too close to other drivers, avoiding using your phone, avoiding driving distracted, and staying alert, you can help keep yourself safe on the road.
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