Road Safety: Thinking Outside The Box

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As a car owner, it’s impossible to avoid some form of education on road safety. In order to obtain your license you needed to learn the rules of the road, and you were tested on them for good measure. Given all the endless lectures you’ve likely received, you’re probably sick of hearing the same advice on road safety over and over again. You may be a new or an old driver, but you already know the most important elements of being a responsible and observant driver. Nonetheless, you may not have considered some of the more unique tips regarding road safety, so here are some pieces of advice which might just help you and the drivers around you in the future.

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Modern technology makes you safer.

Whilst some of the technological advancements in cars such as rear-view cameras may seem like novelty gadgets and accessories which are entirely unnecessary, looking into getting such pieces of modern tech fitted in your current car or considering them when you make your next car purchase is well worth doing. These features are a standard in most cars, and whilst they aren’t a safety requirement by law, they could make your drive far safer; being able to see all around your vehicle and receiving warning alarms when you’re getting far too close to obstacles on the road could help cover the gaps in your observational skills.

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Maintain your car regularly.

Most car owners repair old or broken parts of their car when they notice faults or perhaps have an accident, but a much smarter way to approach road safety is to perform self-maintenance checks on a regular basis. That way, you’ll reduce the risk of running into problems on the road which could result in major injury or damage in the first place.

Of course, if you were out of your depth with something that seemed faulty, you could look into an auto repair service. The point is that you should be regularly and constantly checking your car so that you can pinpoint any fix any potential problems before they manifest into a serious accident or breakdown on the road. You don’t want to risk your own or anyone else’s life through something that was easily avoidable.

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Remaining in a good physical and mental state.

Whilst looking after your car and being a good driver is important to road safety, the key to it all is remembering that you’re only human. You’re flawed. You depend on your mind and body to function well so that you can operate that huge chunk of machinery whilst you’re on the road. No matter how safe your car may be and how good a driver you may be, if you’re not feeling one-hundred percent when you climb in the driver’s seat on a certain day, you’re putting yourself and others on the road at risk. You should be avoiding not only alcohol but junk food and drink, as the sugar crash afterwards might cause you to feel more fatigued. If you’re feeling low on energy before a drive, you should stick to water and maybe some fruit.