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Safe Driving Resolutions For 2021 Advice from your Bullard TX Towing Company

Safety Tips

We all want to enjoy the new year to the fullest. Part of enjoying your year is ensuring that you drive safely so you don’t end up on the roadside needing a tow. You may find that certain approaches to safe driving are more effective than others. Some of the best tips are available in driver safety courses online. We’ve also compiled some of the most common tips right here below:

Make Safe Turns

Not taking appropriate precautions at intersections or when entering/exiting traffic is a common cause of car accidents. Luckily, you already have the tools you need to make this action safer.

First, make sure you use your turn signal to let other drivers know that you’re about to change direction. It’s important to make sure you signal your intention to other drivers so they can react if necessary.

Second, make sure that you take the time to look left and right before turning, especially at intersections. This can save you from an unexpected accident, especially if another driver is acting in a way you wouldn’t anticipate, such as running a light at an intersection.

Use Your Horn for Emergencies Only

When someone honks their horn in traffic, you instinctively look for the source of the noise. That’s the real purpose of your horn, to alert fellow drivers in case there’s an emergency or something you notice and they don’t, such as when someone is planning to merge into your lane too soon and haven’t seen your vehicle.

For safe driving, reserve the use of your horn to emergency situations. Using the horn out of frustration or anger can cause other drivers to look around for an emergency that isn’t there. Use the horn for its intended purpose – to get the attention of your fellow drivers.

Leave Adequate Space Between You and the Next Vehicle

One of the most common accidents in the US is rear end collisions. There are the accidents that occur when a vehicle accidentally runs into the one ahead of it, and these can be caused by a variety of reasons. Not paying enough attention to what’s going in front of you is one. Sometimes, even if you are paying attention, if a car ahead of you stops unexpectedly and you were following too closely, you can end up rear ending them.

This is why it’s so important to pay attention to what’s going on ahead of you and to leave enough space between you and the next vehicle that if they are forced to brake suddenly, you will have enough time to stop without hitting them.

It’s recommended to always keep at least two car lengths between you and the vehicle ahead of you. However, this can change based on driving conditions. In rainy or icy conditions, or if you’re going at a high speed, it will take you longer to stop and you should keep more distance between your vehicle and the next.

The Ins and Outs of Driving Safely

These are some very basic tips for staying safe on the road. Always signal before you make a turn and make sure to look to the right and left hand sides before turning. Use your horn sparingly. Always leave enough room to make an emergency stop between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

If you ever do find yourself in need of roadside assistance after an accident or mechanical failure, contact Hi-Way Towing, a towing company in Tyler, TX. We’ll send a professional out to meet you right away and do everything we can to get you back on the road, or tow your vehicle wherever you need it to go.