As a new driver, you should learn how to drive defensively and protect yourself from every reckless driver on the road. Here are 15 life-saving driving tips you should follow every time you get behind the wheel.
Whenever possible, give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes to get to work, school or wherever else you need to go. That way you won’t need to drive recklessly if you encounter any unexpected delays on the road.
The rules of the road are designed to ensure your safety and the safety of all Los Angeles drivers around you. Every year, California law enforcement agencies process thousands of red light camera violations. Avoid getting camera ticketsby adhering to the law at all times.
In California, it’s illegal to engage in any activity on your phone that requires the use of your hands. Remember that anything you want to say to friends or family members can wait until you are safely parked.
Low tire pressure can be disastrous on the road, especially if you’re traveling at high speeds. Follow your owner’s manual instructions to make sure your tires are inflated to the proper level at all times.
A well-maintained car is generally a safe car. Avoid unexpected breakdowns or malfunctions on the road by keeping up with all maintenance recommendations listed in your owner’s manual.
Always drive at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. This will generally give you enough time to avoid a collision if the other vehicle suddenly slows down or comes to a stop.
Avoid fiddling with your radio controls, air conditioning knobs or anything else while you’re behind the wheel. Always keep your eyes and your focus on the road in front of you.
It isn’t always safe to follow the speed limit, especially in inclement weather. Keep yourself safe by slowing down to a conservative speed in bad weather.
In some cases, it’s wiser to stay indoors than take your chances on dangerous roads. If weather is severe or if traffic is bad due to a car accident, you may want to cancel your plans and stay home until things clear up.
In addition to keeping an eye out for reckless drivers, you should also watch for wildlife. This is especially important at night when nocturnal animals frequently dart in front of vehicles.
Overconfidence can be dangerous when you’re a beginning driver. While it’s good not to be timid, it’s also important not to become overconfident and lazy while driving.
If you hear clanking, rattling or any other strange noises coming from your vehicle, take it to a repair shop as soon as possible. Strange noises are a good indication that your vehicle has a problem and may not be safe to drive.
If someone’s tailgating you, ignore him or her and move over. Never escalate the situation by attempting to anger the other driver or by becoming angry yourself.
Before passing through an intersection, quickly glance left and right to make sure the intersection is clear. If someone fails to stop at a stop sign or red light, you will hopefully notice in time to avoid a collision.
Drinking and driving is never a good decision. If you plan to party, always arrange a ride home beforehand.
If you’re involved in a car accident involving drunk driving or distracted driving, contact The Ticket Clinic. We’ll be happy to review your case.