Distracted driving is estimated to be a factor in 25% to 50% of all traffic crashes. How you drive can affect your life and the life of others, which is why you must understand how to drive safely. Road safety should be practiced at all times, and it does not matter how much of a skilled driver you are. No one is excused from driving safely.
So, we have a few driving tips that might save your life. Of course, we always have the basic ones like fastening your seat belt, following traffic signals, and obey speed limits. So this serves as your reminder to do all those things before going deeper into other tips that may save you one day.
The first thing is to make sure that your car is in the best shape. So when the check engine light is on, you check your engine and make sure that everything is working as it should be. Make sure to check your brakes, your oil, your tires. You have to be a hundred percent sure that everything is working perfectly. Much like ourselves, we always have to make sure that our mind is in the best place. Our mental health affects everything and everyone.
So, we have to make sure that we check in with ourselves. We have to start asking ourselves how we are and what it is that may potentially cause us to feel stress, anxiety, or make us go into isolation. When we let mental illness get away with slowly destroying our lives, we also allow it to destroy the lives of the people we love. This is why it is important to make sure that everything is in the best shape.
The next thing is never to assume. Sometimes, we feel like we already know what is about to happen or how things will turn out. This may lead to us overthinking everything, and it may cause us more harm than good. What you should never do is to assume that you know what the other drivers will be doing or that you know what they should do. Everyone has their own choice, and sometimes we forget that some things are out of our control and the best thing to do is to let it happen on its own.
Of course, we should never let our emotions get the best of us. Road rage is a serious issue that many people face. An overflow of emotions and stress causes this. Road rage can also be a sign of an underlying anger management issue or maybe even an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. In any case, we have to make sure that when we drive, we are fully capable of controlling our emotions. If not, it is best to remind yourself that when you drive, focusing on your driving and your destination will help you not nit-pick on how other people drive.
Also, on the subject of emotions, we should never drive when we are emotional. This clouds our judgment, and it usually becomes a reason for us to be distracted. So, as much as possible, drive only when you have a clear mind. Always and all the time. More so, never drive when angry or upset. In this state of mind, we are not focused on driving and can be at risk of meeting an accident.
While on the subject of distractions, we should never text or call while driving. No matter how good you are at multitasking, you should never text and drive. Your divided attention may cause a lot of harm not only to you but also to the people driving with you.
Lastly, you should know where you are going. I know, at times, it can be a difficult thing to decide on, but you must make that decision so that you are not struggling to find a way to get there while you are driving. It is important that you also be predictable. This means that you should never make any sudden stops or turns. Always use your signal lights and always check your mirrors before making any turns. This helps other drivers be safe too. So, when we do go out and drive, we are also aware of how our actions may affect other people driving alongside us.
Driving can be a lot like our life. If our mind and body are not in a healthy place, we should never allow ourselves to go out into the world because it can be a lot like driving drunk. You never really know what to expect to happen. Make sure that you are in the best mindset when driving. If you are ever struggling with something in your life, reach out for help before getting back on the road. You have to secure your safety and the safety of the people you love before going out and driving.