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You use your turn signals even in the parking lot, you get your tires rotated regularly and you never drive tired, but here are three ways to drive more safely that you might know about:
Get Your Car Out of Your Rearview Mirror
You can actually eliminate your blind spot by making sure that your left and right "wing" mirrors are adjusted so that you cannot see any part of your actual car in them. This will ensure that there's no overlap between what you're looking at in the side mirrors, and what you can see in the interior center rearview mirror, which gives you a full panorama view of what you can't see in your field of view. Doing this will ensure that you can always see cars behind you. Whether they're back and to the left or right, or directly behind you, they will stay in your mirrors until they enter your field of view.
Let Traffic Trump Road Signs
Road signs are there to keep us safe, to let us know how to behave on the streets and highways, but following them to the letter can be incredibly hazardous in some instances. If traffic is moving at 55, then move at 55, don't swerve around trying to get ahead of everyone just because the signs say 65. In the Dutch city of Drachten, they conducted an experiment replacing four way stop signs with roundabouts with no signs at all, putting all the responsibility in the drivers' hands. The results: an intersection that saw 36 accidents the previous year saw only two after the switch. Don't ignore stop signs and red lights, don't assume you always have the right of way, just take the time to think every decision through. Sure, maybe you have the right of way in this intersection, but if that van doesn't look like it's planning on coming to a complete stop, you're still going to get T-boned.
Right Turns in the City
If you're driving in the city, try planning your route entirely around right turns. Think about it: every time you've ever been sitting at a stoplight waiting for an opportunity to turn, it's been because you were making a left turn, right? Every near miss you've had in an intersection where some idiot almost hit you, somebody was making a left turn, right? Right turns are easier, safer and quicker to make for the simple reason that we drive on the right, and when we stay to the right, the only other lanes we have to cross are at stop lights and intersections when we're driving straight through. The overall route is longer when you make only right turns, but the time spent driving and the fuel consumption will, on average, be cut down considerably.
When it comes to safe driving, you really can't have too many safe tips in mind. From listening to the right music to using the bathroom before you hop in the car, staying comfortable, aware, and in control of your vehicle are the most important aspects of safe driving, and that's what these tips are here to help you with.