There are a number of little-known driving tips that could save your life. While cars are becoming safer than ever before thanks to recent innovations in driver assist technologies, there are still important things that drivers need to do to prevent unnecessary accidents. From distracted driving to hazardous road conditions, here are several tips to remember when you’re behind the wheel.
According to Cracked, many experts are now suggesting that you shouldn’t have any part of your car visible in your mirrors. It can be easy to adjust, but many drivers insist on seeing part of their car in their side view mirrors, or they fail to adjust the rearview mirror. Simply angle your side mirrors away from your car until you no longer see parts of your car. This will help to fully eliminate your blind spots in many scenarios.
Pay attention to traffic more than road signs. Drivers tend to get in the habit of driving in daze, which makes it easy to simply speed through yield signs and green lights. Though you may have the right of way, this doesn’t protect you from driver’s that aren’t following the road signs. Always pay more attention to traffic on the road, one simple trick that will help you avoid fender benders. In fact, the Dutch city of Drachten replaced a large portion of their signs with roundabouts free of visual cues, which decreased accidents by 36%. Sometimes there are just too many road signs to follow at once, leading to distractions.
Always have your headlights on. Though most states only require headlights when it’s dark or when it’s raining, studies show that having your headlights on at all times reduces the risk of accident by 32%. That’s because you’re not only more visible, but it also means you can’t forget to put them on. Plus, with more and more automatic headlight systems, it’s not a big deal if you forget to turn them off.
These are just some of the many little known driving tips that we here at Dan Young GM think it could be helpful to know.