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How to Drive Defensively

How to Drive Defensively

Did you know that August has been deemed the most dangerous driving month? This is due to people driving longer distances, ignoring speed limits, and getting frustrated from traffic congestion.

Driving defensively is important all year long but it is especially important in the summer months so we’ve compiled a few tips to help you safely navigate the roads this summer:

Stay Alert

Stay alert while you’re on the road by ensuring that you’re well rested. Make sure to take regular breaks and never drive when you’re tired. Also avoid distractions in your vehicle by ensuring that your pets are safely stored in a pet cargo system and that your children are secure in their seatbelts or car seats. You can also avoid distractions from your children by giving them a device to keep them entertained. Finally, ensure that your phone is connected to a hands-free system and that your navigation system is pre-set. Staying alert will help you take note of speed limit changes, where other cars are in your proximity, and any hazards on the road.

Remember Your Driver’s Training Skills

Even though most drivers haven’t taken their driver training courses in many years, it is important to refresh your memory of the recommended driving tips. Remember the three second rule, which means to keep a three second distance from the car in front of you. To do this, find a stagnant object on the side of the road such as a light post. As soon as the car in front of you passes it, count how many seconds it takes you to pass it too. If it takes you longer than three seconds to pass it, then you’re at a safe following distance. It’s also important to remember to shoulder check whenever you are changing lanes or turning. Finally, anticipate red lights. If a light is green for a long period of time, then start to slow down in anticipation of it turning red; this will help you to avoid a fast brake, which could result in a collision.

Get Your Car Checked Over

Lastly, it’s important to bring your vehicle in for a seasonal tune-up and inspection. You can bring your vehicle to your local Integra Tire and we will check your tires, brakes, fluids, and engine. If any repairs are needed, we can advise you immediately. You’ll always have confidence that your vehicle is road-ready if you get it inspected regularly.

If you follow these tips, it will help to make your drive safer for everyone.