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Minor Driving Mistakes That Cost You Majorly (That We ALL Do)

No matter how long we have been driving, some habits can take a long time to iron out, unless you do it for a living of course!  But for the vast majority of us when it comes to our driving skills, we mainly rely on the car to get from A to B, do we necessarily think about every aspect of how we drive? So, it begs the question, what are we all guilty of that we do every day, that we maybe don’t think about that may cause a lot of trouble for us or our fellow motorists down the line?

Not Paying Attention To The Road

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While we all think we are paying a decent amount of attention to the road while driving, the fact is that distracted driving is a primary cause of accidents now. You only have to look at the amount of people who have caused crashes by operating their cell phones while driving. And also with the amount of gadgets in the modern car, there’s a lot more to contribute to our level of distracted driving. Now, operating a phone while driving is as dangerous as drink driving and you wouldn’t do that! So if you ever find yourself drifting off, attention-wise, you should think about checking your reaction times. Are you as focused on the road as you think you are?

Improper Driving In Wet Conditions

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A lot of us don’t bother to slow down or are just are driving as normal when the weather gets wet. The first 10 minutes of rain is when the road is the most dangerous, this is because the oil that has built up on the dry road is now loosened, making the roads very slippery. And this is where accidents can be caused, and if you were to make a case for a diminished value claim due to car damage, or somebody ran into the back of you in wet weather, the chances are they ignored the sensible advice to slow down. Any sign of rain can cause slipperiness on the road, so as soon as it starts, be sure to apply the brake.

Looking At The Wrong Part Of The Road

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This is very evident when you’re driving in an area that you’re not used to, if you’re looking for road signs and speed limits, you are not looking directly in front of you. A common issue is swerving out of a lane, and this can be a big problem if you are trying to find the right exit, or looking everywhere around you apart from on the road. The best advice in regards to this is to make sure you have someone keeping an eye out for you, or if that’s not possible pull over when it is safe to do so and reassess your directions, or have your GPS to hand.

These three mistakes can have a major impact on your skills as a driver, and they are things that most of us do, so make sure you are as safe as possible, and rectify these problems before you cause a major accident.

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Worried About Your Kids Behind The Wheel? Don’t Be! Cars Have Never Been Safer!

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It can be scary for any parent to send their kid out into the world behind the wheel of a car. Sure, they’ve passed their test, and you’ve driven with them, so you know how safe they are, but that doesn’t stop the anxiety from creeping up your spine when you first see them pulling out of the driveway. You trust them to be responsible behind the wheel, but there are still so many risks out there that it’s only natural that you feel somewhat worried about them. However, there is some good news! The truth is that cars have never been safer than they are today and your kids are in far less danger in their first few years of driving than you were. Here are just a few of the reasons why modern drivers are far safer than previous generations.

Strict testing

One of the reasons that older cars were so dangerous is that many manufacturers simply weren’t aware of how they would act when put under the kind of pressure that results from an accident. However, in the modern age, there are entire departments of car manufacturers that are explicitly dedicated to smashing cars into tiny pieces to see exactly what they can withstand. This information allows manufacturers to adjust the way they build cars in order to make them as safe as possible.

New materials

One of the best things about modern cars, from a safety standpoint, is just how light they are. That might sound counterintuitive, but it really does make a big difference. Older cars were huge, heavy things that were actually so tough that all of the energy from a crash went straight into the passengers. However, new cars are made from lightweight steel and carbon fiber which allows areas of the car to absorb impact much more effectively. This means that passengers are actually much safer and that something that might have been a fatal crash thirty years ago is now little more than a bump on the road.

Greater skills and understanding

As with any other area of engineering, methods for keeping cars running are constantly being updated and developed. Because of that mechanics have never been more skilled or better informed. While you might once have been worried about how well a mechanic was going to take care of your vehicle, you now know that taking your car to somewhere like AME Auto Services means that it’s in good hands. Not only that but thanks to the internet you and your teenager have access to huge amounts of information on how to keep their car running at all times.

Of course, there are still risks involved every time your kids get out onto the road. However, it’s important to remember that the independence and maturity that comes with their first car is something that every teenager has to go through and you should be as supportive as possible. Even if they end up getting into a fender bender here and there, at least you know that they’ll be safe.

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3 Requirements For Conscientious Driving

As a driver, it is important that you are able to consider other road users wherever necessary. This ensures that the roads are a much safer place to be, and that the likelihood of accidents is kept to a minimum. It also makes it much easier for all drivers to actually enjoy their time on the roads. This in itself is hugely important, and something which everyone can appreciate. So how can you ensure that your ability to be aware of other drivers – and the current road situation more generally – is not hampered? Let’s take a look at three of the major requirements for more conscientious driving.

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Time To React

You never quite know what is about to happen when you are driving. This lack of ability to tell the future does not, however, have to mean that you don’t have a chance to react appropriately when something occurs. However, in order to be able to do that, you do need to have the necessary time to react. Without a decent amount of time, you are much less likely to do what is best, and much more likely to behave in a way which causes consternation or confusion amongst the other drivers and road users at the time. To allow yourself time to react, you need to make sure you are not driving too fast. You should also allow for extra time in particularly dangerous circumstances – around four times as much for rainy conditions and ten times for snow or ice. With enough time, you can react well, and make driving much easier and more pleasant for yourself and those around you.

Visibility Of The Situation

The more you can see, the better equipped you are to behave in the right way. However, there are often many barriers which can stop you from seeing exactly as clearly as you might like to. You need to try and find a way to keep your visibility of the road situation as clear as possible. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do towards this end. For a start, you might consider installing rear view camera systems in your car, so that you can more clearly see all around the vehicle at all times. It might also be worth having a beep detector installed, for help when you are parking or reversing. And don’t forget the essentials, such as ensuring you have your lights on not just in the dark, but in other less visible conditions such as heavy rain or fog.

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Clarity Of Mind

If your mind is foggy, it is as bad as if the road is foggy. You need to pay attention to what your mind is doing if you want to drive as well as possible. If you are not as clear-headed as you could be, then it might mean that you are not able to respond appropriately, and this can be all that is required to cause trouble for other road users. Keep your head clear, only drive when you feel able to, and you will find that it makes a huge difference.