Wednesday 5 July 2023

How to Become a Safer Driver

How to Become a Safer Driver

Being a good driver is about much more than just knowing the rules of the road; you also have to be vigilant at all times, eliminate distractions, and make sure your vision is unimpaired. For drivers in areas where the weather can be unpredictable, it’s especially important to be safe behind the wheel.

One of the best ways to become a better driver is to change any bad habits, like talking on the phone, texting, or dealing with any other distractions while the car is in gear. Focusing on the road and other drivers will help you stay safe, and keep others safe as well. 

Even if you think you’re an impeccable driver, it never hurts to have a refresher on safe driving. Read on for more tips from Ace Driver Training on how to stay safe on the roads.

Think objectively about your ability to drive

If you’re a senior with health issues or vision trouble, it might be safer to leave the driving to

friends and loved ones. It is noted that many seniors put away their car keys at a certain age to avoid having an accident or getting into a scary situation behind the wheel. While it can seem like a major inconvenience, there are many public transportation options available for those who don’t drive. 

Put away the phone

In many areas, having your phone out while driving is a big no-no, and in some places it’s illegal to text while you’re behind the wheel. In many states, however, there are mostly stiff fines for drivers who can’t wait to send a message, meaning you might still keep your phone within arm’s reach in the car. 

If you know you’ll need to speak to someone while you’re driving, consider setting up a Bluetooth connection so you can keep your phone on the dash and talk hands-free. Otherwise, leave your phone in your purse or pocket until you reach your destination. Not only could it save your life, it could save someone else’s. 

It’s important to remember that whilst on your L’s or P’s in Queensland, you cannot use a phone to speak or send/receive text messages. Your passengers are allowed to use a phone normally but mustn’t use bluetooth or speaker.

Take a safe driving course

You’ll find many online resources for drivers who want to implement better habits, so think about taking advantage of some of these and learn how to avoid disaster on the road. Most of them are between 2 and 4 hours long and cover everything from how to be a defensive driver to being a safe passenger.

Keep your mind sharp

The Sleep Doctor points out that it’s never a good idea to drive when you’re tired or under the influence of any substance. If you’re a recreational marijuana user, it’s important to know your limits and say no to driving when you’re under the influence. While marijuana doesn’t necessarily impair your ability to function, it can slow your reflexes and make it harder to focus.

Remember that safe driving isn’t just about the person behind the wheel; it’s also about the passengers, the other drivers on the road, and the driving conditions. There are many factors that go into being a good driver, so know what you’re up against every time you get in the car and stay focused. 

This article was provided by Jennifer Scott, a writer from the USA.  Jennifer has written extensively on topics relating to the effects of anxiety and depression.  Jennifer can be contacted at

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