It happens to a lot of old drivers, those of us who have been behind the wheel for quite a few years, and thus are used to every trick and turn other drivers might try to pull on us. And because of this, we can feel very cool, calm, and collected on the road, and that’s a good thing! Any new driver would love to feel like that – but this can catch us out from time to time.
So if you feel you’re starting to get a little slack about the rules of the road, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge, and become consciously responsible about the way you behave on the road. Feel free to read on if it’s been a while since you studied a bit of driver code.
Keep Checking the Cockpit
If you own a car, there’s a good chance you believe it’s always going to be in a fit state for you to drive, but that’s not always the case. Especially if you share your use of the car with your partner or your newly qualified son or daughter! Every time you get into the driver’s seat of your vehicle, you should be checking how high your seat is, how reclined the position it’s in is, where your mirrors are and if they need adjusting, and how well you can see the road out in front of you.
After all, this is the first lesson you will ever receive when going through driving lessons, and you shouldn’t fall out of the habit.
Explore the Roads a Bit More
If you’ve been driving for a while, then you’re going to fit the definition of ‘creature comforts’ much better than anyone else. You know how to get to and from work the fastest and easiest way, you know the roads to and from your friend’s houses, and could probably drive them with your eyes closed, although we wouldn’t recommend that.
The thing is, when something is done enough times over and over, our brains get used to it, and start to filter it out little by little. That’s when a task becomes mundane and boring, and it can often be hard to remember if you’ve even completed a certain activity because of how used to it you are! And when something is mundane, we pay little attention to it, which can very easily lead to us missing something on the road that’s new and unfiltered.
So be sure to start driving down some new roads, and taking the time to explore the routes around you you wouldn’t tend to take on a daily basis. It can simply make you more aware of your driving habits, and help you to start paying attention again.
Do You Know What to Do in Case of a Crash?
It’s not something we particularly want to read up on, but if you don’t know what to do during and after an accident whilst you’re behind the wheel, you need to let yourself get a bit more informed. After all, it could happen to anyone, at anytime, no matter how careful you’re being. You simply cannot control the other drivers on the road in front of you.
And that’s why this is such an important point. Most people understand that they need to stop and pull over, even if the back of their car has only been slightly bumped, and that they need to get the details of the other driver involved down on paper. It’s then that they can contact their insurance, to see if any of the potential damage can be repaired, and have all the right details ready to try and protect their premium.
But most accidents will need the involvement of the police as well, and they should be contacted as soon as one occurs. Let’s say you think you’re in need of a DUI lawyer – only the police will be able to determine if this is a necessity or not. It’s a good rule of thumb to make sure you’ve got some legal aid on your side, whenever some kind of collision occurs.
Are You a Lazy Driver?
Of course, no one would ever admit to being a bit lazy behind the wheel, and all drivers believe they’re in full control of a car! But all in all, there’s plenty of accidents and emergencies happening around the globe caused by ‘lazy’ driving habits – it’s time to be vigilant.