When you’re behind the wheel, safety should always be on the back of your mind. Lucky for you, your trusted Fort Wayne auto insurance agency, Myers & Hayden Insurance, compiled a list of helpful driving tips you should follow!
1. Don’t forget to use your turn signals!
Many times, we’ve been driving for so long that we forget the most basic rules of the road, such as using our turn signals when driving. Turn signals are essential for cars to be able to communicate with each other on the roadways, so it’s imperative to make it a habit to utilize them.
2. Be aware of school buses!
This is very important. Back-to-school season has started, and this means that we’ll be seeing more school buses on the road. Are you aware of the law? As a reminder, when a school bus is stopped with its stop-arm extended, drivers coming from both lanes are required to stop, whether it’s a two lane or multi-lane road. In the case of a school bus stopping on a divided highway, drivers behind must stop, vehicles traveling the opposite direction must proceed with caution. Here in Indiana, law enforcement has started cracking down on drivers failing to follow these rules.
3. Always wear your seatbelt!
This is the most basic rule of them all. It takes less than 30 seconds to buckle up. No matter how close or how far you are traveling, wear your seatbelt. Accidents are called accidents for a reason; you never know when they’ll hit you.
4. Frequently check the health of your car.
It’s understandable that some individuals don’t always have the same level of knowledge when it comes to cars, but if you’re a car owner, it’s good to know the basics of car maintenance. These basics include: knowing how to check oils in your car and getting them routinely changed; keeping your tire pressure at the right psi and routinely getting them balanced & rotated; making sure all your lightbulbs are on and working; checking the health of your brakes, wiper fluids & blades, and more. These are just a couple of examples car owners should know how to monitor.
5. Never drive under the influence.
Some drivers might say they only had one drink and they’ll be fine but drinking under the influence is highly illegal. Even the smallest amounts of alcohol can lead to detrimental circumstances. Nowadays, there are various ridesharing services that can get you where you need to be when needed. Opt for those instead of getting behind the wheel while under the influence.
6. Put your phone away when driving.
Whatever you need to do on your phone, it can wait. If anything, take care of any matters before you hit the road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers. Keep in mind that you’re not only endangering yourself, you could be endangering other drivers on the road. From the same source, statistics show that in 2017, there were 599 nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, and others) killed in distraction-affected crashes. How would you feel if you were responsible for someone else’s death because of distracted driving?
7. Drive defensively.
Defensive drivers are like the angels of the roadways. Common defensive driving practices include always following posted speed limits and road signs, constantly being aware of other drivers on the road, putting ample distance between themselves and other vehicles, and by responding safely to aggressive/reckless drivers. Defensive drivers are less likely to be involved in accidents.
8. Use your headlights.
Nowadays, headlights equipped in newer cars automatically turn on when the car is switched on, but this is not the case for some older cars. It’s good practice to always have your headlights on when driving because it increases the visibility of your car on the road, even during the day. Adjust your headlights accordingly in the case of limited visibility due to fog, rain, snow, or dark nights. Be aware of other drivers on the road however and avoid blinding them with your brights.
9. Get insured.
You never know what could happen on the road. Others might not be as aware as you are, leading to inconvenient accidents. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, 14% of drivers are either uninsured or underinsured, but it’s the law to have car insurance. Here at Myers & Hayden Insurance, we can help with that! Call us at 260-486-5255 for a free quote or visit us at www.myersandhaydenins.com to explore companies we offer and to address your other insurance needs!
10. Enjoy the experience of driving!
To this day, I still very much enjoy the experience of driving. There’s no feeling quite like feeling wind in your hair as you’re driving windows down with your favorite music on. Young or old, driving makes our lives easier. Get your dream car! Have fun with it! If you keep these tips in mind, driving should be an unforgettable experience!