How to Stay Safe Behind the Wheel

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Cars are a part of most of our lives, but they are also dangerous, if they are under the control of an incompetent inexperienced, or irresponsible driver. If you would like to feel safer behind the wheel, and do everything you can to avoid accidents, it is important that you start with the man in the mirror. Look through the safety features of your current car, and make sure that you are ready for the challenges of the busy roads ahead.

Never Drive when Stressed or Tired

No matter how convenient cars are when you are tired, you will need to focus and have eyes at the back of your head, too. If you fail to concentrate and miss something, you will be endangering yourself and your passengers, too. It is better to leave the car after a 12-hour shift if you can’t think straight than suffering an accident. The most common car accident injuries symptoms can change your life, so you might be better off taking a taxi or public transport.

Get Safety Upgrades

It might also be a good idea to upgrade your car. While you might not have the money to get a new one, you can get some aftermarket gadgets that will help you focus on the road ahead and improve your safety. From advanced security to lane departure warning and collision detection, there are plenty of modern gadgets you can get in an older car. A connected sat nav that will keep you up to date with the latest traffic information and warn you when there are roadworks or accidents ahead.

Check Your Tires

Before every longer journey, you will need to check your tires for bulges and cuts, and measure the depth of the thread. At the same time, you will have to make sure that your car is not pulling to one side, or you will not have full control over your steering. If you notice that your steering is not as it should be, it might be time to visit a mechanic to get your tracking checked over, so you can steer and brake safely.

Aim for Maximum Visibility

You want to be seen and see around you, so you can spot danger as soon as possible. You might want to upgrade to LED headlights that will make it easier for other drivers to see you in the dark. You will also have to make sure that you are not obstructing your views. While keeping your car smell fresh and nice is important, you will want to see ahead as much as you can. Get your windscreen wipers checked so when it is pouring down you can still see clearly.

Get a Dash Cam

If you would like to avoid being blamed for accidents you didn’t cause, you’d better get a dash cam that records everything while you are driving. A dash cam will help you prove your case when you are involved in an accident. It is an inexpensive upgrade that will help you feel safer behind the wheel. You might even want to get a black box in your car, so you can record the speed and direction you are traveling.

Eliminate Distractions

The main reason for road traffic collisions is distracted drivers. It is easy to think that taking your hands off the wheel or fixing your makeup at the red light is acceptable, but you will lose your concentration and accidents are likely to happen. When you travel with kids, you might want to keep them happy and occupied, so you don’t have to get involved in their drama. Keep your eyes on the road and make sure that you have a hands-free handset.

Take Care of Blind Spots

No matter how observant you are, there are always blind spots you will not be able to eliminate, unless you get a 360 camera. This little upgrade can make you more confident behind the wheel and improve your visibility. If you visit busy parking lots or drop the kids off at the school in peak traffic, you will find this upgrade necessary and extremely useful.

Staying safe behind the wheel is something we all wish for. With an older car, it is not easy to spot and eliminate the dangers ahead. Get your tires and suspension checked, make sure that you are ready for the challenges, and deal with the greatest hazards in a smart way. Make the most out of your driving experience by upgrading your safety.

Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.