Driving your own car for the first time gives hype and excitement to explore the road. No wonder new drivers often encounter accidents. Even old drivers are not exempted from road accidents that cause major injuries and what’s worst is the number of fatalities it incurred.
Each year a lot of reported incidents of car crash and death continuously increase because of driving recklessness. Awareness from safe driving has been spread and circulated to every community over the years. Still, a countless number of people are not practicing safety in driving.
Different Ways To Promote Safe Driving
Promoting safe driving is indeed a piece of awakening advice to those people who constantly violate driving rules that result in extremely drastic outcomes. Being a model who follows these rules might connect and attract other people to do the same. Here are some of the ways you can promote safe driving habits to your family and friends and to other acquaintances.
- Offer yourself as the assigned driver. Driving means you need to be responsible for your own safety as well as to your passengers. Drinking alcohol, no matter how much or if it’s just one drink, can change your mood and reaction after some time.
When you go into group drinking or with friends and family, someone needs to stay sober when everyone seems engaged to heavy drinking. Be sober and assign yourself as the driver to avoid accidents that might hit all of you big time. You may opt to hire a cab as an alternative.
Refuse to stay in any vehicle driven by someone who is drunk. Intoxication leads to slow reaction and lessens inhibitions that later on cause dumb decisions off the road by drivers. Alcohol turns your vision into a blur and might cause you to lose your state of being conscious. Apart from this, if you ever get caught drunk behind the wheel, road authorities will put you to jail.
- Don’t use the phone while driving. According to the National Safety Council and based on new studies, texting and taking calls while driving has caused more accidents than driving drunk. It might come as a surprise but statistics show that most people own and use cellphones rather than people who engage in drunk driving.
When there’s an important call that you need to answer, it’s safer to pull over and park appropriately where it is possible. Keep it in the glove compartment, your bag or purse where it should be while driving to avoid distractions.
- Insist wearing seatbelts to your passengers. Think about safety at all times. It will save you and your passengers’ lives from danger. However, people are too stubborn to follow and set aside that fact and consider it riskier.
Do not start the car unless everyone has worn their seatbelts. This way, you are incorporating the mindset of using seat belts to be safe. You must be persistent in order for them to abide by your own car rule of buckling up themselves before you start the drive.
- Lower your speed. Speed limits are carefully estimated by the government to know the safe speed based on some factors within the area where you drive. These factors include the history of accidents in the area, intersections, and road inclinations.
Following the speed limit is something to practice as a form of discipline. Do not dwell on something you might regret in the long run like speeding to pass the red light. It might drive you to danger and become the next reported casualty on the road.
- Give rewards to your teen drivers. Teen drivers are just starting their journey to explore the road by themselves. They may encounter difficulty at first when it comes to driving as they are not used to going off without supervision. Oftentimes, they may be subject to unwanted violations as they learn the rules and even if they undergo a driver’s education course. Being on actual driving is different from the lectures.
Our grown-up teens are now officially driving so let us encourage them to drive safely. As a way of promoting that, we may give rewards to them once in a while to recognize their good performance in driving. Being free from trouble is a great achievement.
- Be mindful of the other drivers around you. You are driving safely and follow rules and guidelines to be safe. But how about the others? Even if you practice safe driving if the one who is next to you mistakenly drove off, surely another accident might happen.
Others even try to overtake so you must be alert and practice quick response in this situation. It’s best to check your side mirrors before you go and as you go on driving. Keep looking sideways to see who’s behind you or for possible drivers that might flip off your car. Always assume that people around you might do something reckless so be cautious at all times.
- Maintain your vehicle’s good performance. Before you go, do you check all the parts of your car that are essential for safe driving? As part of a good habit, you must be responsible enough to ensure that your car or vehicle is good to go.
Proper maintenance requires a regular check-up of your vehicle. Consider having it inspected for possible mishaps to prolong its good quality and to be fixed right away. You should always give attention to your brakes if they are working as this will be your safeguard on sudden misfortunes and off-the-road situations.
Promoting safe driving has been around for years and yet people tend to break rules. But through consistent awareness from the roadsides and other digital forms like social media and blogs, people learn the consequences if they will keep on being stubborn. The news around tv and papers keep reminding and encouraging the people to drive safely for their own good.
But above all, the number one solution to avoid being caught in accidents and fatalities after that is to practice discipline. With discipline, it will be your second nature to be cautious, law-abiding, and a compassionate driver willing to share concern by guiding people to drive securely.
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