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5 Tips for Defensive Driving

Brian Bates

At South Park Tire & Auto Center, we are always looking out for your safety, which is why we advocate for defensive driving. By carrying out safe driving practices on the road, you can save yourself from car troubles and dangerous accidents. Here are five essential defensive driving tips for incorporating in your commute:

  1. Keep a safe distance between you and other cars. Way too many collisions happen this way. Keeping 3-seconds worth of space between you and the vehicle in front can increase your reaction time and mitigate your risk of hitting your back bumper.
  2. Put your cell phone away. There are strict cell phone traffic laws in the US for a reason: it is super distracting and dangerous. Calling and texting require taking at least one hand off the wheels and your attention off the road. You should put your phone on silent before driving to avoid the temptation.
  3. Don't drive when you're tired. Driving while asleep can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence, so you should avoid it altogether. Additionally, please familiarize yourself with any drowsy medications you take to avoid driving after taking them. If you start feeling restless mid-drive, try pulling down the windows or turning on some music to wake yourself up. If not, it may be better for you to pull over to a safe location for a quick rest.
  4. Slow down and take your time. We've all been in a hurry to get somewhere before, but that should never be an excuse to drive recklessly. Speeding can cause accidents or even a ticket, so it's best to take your time. It's better to get to your destination safely than not get there at all.
  5. Make sure your vehicle is in good shape. Routine vehicle maintenance is vital when it comes to your and others' safety on the road. Essential services like oil changes, tire pressure adjustments, and tire rotations can make a world of difference in ensuring a safe drive.

If you need help carrying out your vehicle's maintenance plan, look no further than South Park Tire & Auto Center.

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