When you’re behind the wheel of a car, whether alone or with passengers driving safely should always be your top concern because you are more distracted than ever, so it’s crucial to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every time you’re on the road.
Ready to kick-off the weekend? There are two things that all weekends have in common: traffic and an increased police presence on the roads.
Get ready for the drive with these weekend safe driving tips and reminders:
- Put your vehicle to the test: Before hitting the road as a private driver or personal driver, make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the course. Check that all your lights and signals are functioning, make sure to top up your car’s fluids if low, ensure that your tyre pressure is at the recommended level, and remember to bring an emergency safety kit on your trip.
- Gather all your car-related documents: Make sure you always have your driver’s license, insurance documents, vehicle ownership and registration with you when driving, no matter how long or short the trip.
- Wear your seat belt: Before you turn on your car, the first thing you should do is put your seat belt on and make sure everyone else does including your private driver in case you have one.
- Find your route: A good way to save time is to check which routes are less travelled so that you don’t spend too much time stuck in traffic. Applications such as Google Maps should be your friend because it predicts traffic congestion before they happen and will recommend which way you should go.
- Set your GPS to your route and listen to traffic reports: Once you’ve selected your route and before embarking on your trip, set your GPS to your destination. Then, check if there are any delays or accidents along your way by tuning in to local radio stations.
- Focus on driving: Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times no multi-tasking. Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
- Maintain your cool: If you find yourself stuck in traffic, it’s best to stay patient. It will clear at some point. When you do eventually get out of the traffic jam, don’t try to make up the time spent by speeding or tailgating. Driving aggressively will only improve your chances of causing a collision.
When next you are hitting the road on a weekend, make sure you have all these in mind.
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