Top 5 Road Safety Tips for Drivers

Drive safely sign on highwayFirst time on the road? Or a veteran of the city streets? Whether one is the former or the latter, it still pays to follow these road safety tips:

1.       Inspect the car before leaving the house

Due to everyday wear and tear, a car will eventually need repairs at some point in its lifetime. So before heading out for the day, do a quick inspection of the vehicle. Focus on the tires (check the pressure) and the brakes (check if they’re working).

And make sure to have the vehicle thoroughly checked by a mechanic at least once a year. This can help detect problems that one may not spot with the quick daily check.

2.       Assemble a road safety kit

Whether on a long or short drive, it pays to be prepared for any emergency. That’s why it’s important to keep several essential items in the car that can help one get out of sticky situations. These include the following:

 

  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Multi-tool
  • Flares
  • A reflective triangle
  • Seatbelt cutter and window breaker
  • Car manual
  • Duct tape and WD-40 for emergency repairs
  • Jumper cables

 

It also helps to have a comprehensive road map on paper handy. This can help immensely in case one gets lost in an area where cellphone connectivity is an issue and GPS devices may not offer very accurate results.

3.       Always be prepared to change a tire

The moment one learns to drive, he or she should also know how to change a tire. And to change wheels, make sure the following is in the car as well:

 

  • Spare tire
  • Tire jack
  • Tire iron
  • Tire inflator and sealer
  • Tire pressure gauge

 

4.       Practice defensive driving

As that old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Hence, it’s wise to practice defensive driving, which is defined by ANSI/ASSE Z15.1 (Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations) as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.”

In practice, this means the following:

 

  • Avoid drunk driving
  • Avoid driving when drowsy
  • Follow the three-second rule to keep a safe distance between the car up ahead
  • Drive more carefully in foul weather
  • Avoid getting into confrontations with other drivers on the road

5.       Know which numbers to call

Other than 911, one should also know the numbers for the following establishments/organizations in case of an emergency:

 

  • Insurance company
  • AAA number for members
  • Car repair shop

 

For 24/7 roadside assistance in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, call Euless B&B Wrecker Service at 817-857-6344.