The moment you get yourself into the driving seat is very significant, as a responsibility that falls on your shoulder is immense. You must realize that the road rarely forgives mistakes, so you have to be prepared and make sure you know what actions to take and which ones to stay away from, in order to avoid a disaster.
Knowing road rules
It might sound obvious, but you need to know the traffic rules thoroughly. If you are still not confident enough because you have just received your license and don’t have much experience, it is highly advisable to have a Traffic Rules Guide Book in your car at all times, especially if you travel. If usually, you drive from home to work only, it is more than likely that you know what each sign means and which turn to take. Different areas might have different signs or road interchanges that might catch you (or even an experienced driver) off-guard and you may end up in confusion about what to do. The road rules handbook might be handy in such situations.
Using cell phones while driving
We all know that a lot of car accidents happen because drivers were under the influence of certain substances (to name a few, drugs, alcohol, sleeping pills, remedies etc); however, a vast amount of accidents happen due to the driver getting distracted. A major distraction to blame is a cell phone. Very often we can see drivers talking or texting while being behind the wheel.
When you see such risk-takers, you understand that they don’t even realize that those few seconds which they spend checking their messages on their phone can cost someone their life. In case of an accident, not only the victim of the accident is the one who suffers, but a person who was driving and texting (or talking on the phone) is going to be punished as well, in terms of personal injuries, losing his driving license and potentially going to jail. If you need to make a call or text a message, just pull over. This might take you a bit longer to get to the point of your destination, but this might save many peoples’ lives, including yours.
Driving under the influence of substances
Everyone knows that drink driving and driving while being on drugs is unacceptable and against the law. Nevertheless, too many drivers ignore this rule which results in thousands of road accidents each year all over the world. Such drivers either hurt other people or get themselves hurt. It does not necessarily mean that if you had a drink or took some drugs that you will have an accident, but the chances of a crash increase substantially. Thus, do not play with the fate, because the price of such game as getting behind the wheel under the influence can cost you way too much.
A tip for beginners
Okay, you have just received your driving license. You are ecstatic, but obviously, fresh from your driving classes, you remember the strong advice of being attentive and careful on the road, so you do your best to follow the rules thoroughly. However, after, let’s say, 2 months, you realize that you are quite good as a driver and as a result, you start relaxing in terms of concentration on the road. The thing is that it turns out to be a kind of psychological trap. Don’t be carried away and don’t feel almighty, as you still don’t have enough of experience to handle the variety of situations that take place on the road every day. So don’t lose your vigilance and continue treating driving responsibly at all times.
Breaking even basic rules of road regulations contributes to thousands of car accidents that could have been avoided. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted, be attentive at all times, remember road rules, respect fellow drivers as well as those who pass the road. When getting behind the wheel, don’t ever forget how precious life is. Drive carefully.