Defensive driving tips:

Use these safe driving tips for greater protection.

Defensive driving tips: how to improve your protection in rush hour traffic -- use these driving safety tips.

A properly maintained vehicle is required for safe driving in traffic. A well maintained vehicle is one with effective steering, suspension and brakes, and its importance cannot be overstated.

However, the most important aspect to safe driving is the driver. Staying calm, keeping your eyes on the road, not answering the cell phone, properly adjusting your mirrors (see adjusting car mirrors article ), paying attention to what is happening in those mirrors and knowing what is happening on all sides of you is crucial for safe driving. In fact, they’re an essential part of any list of safe driving tips.

Most accidents could be prevented if just one of the drivers was paying attention. Don’t you want that to be you?

Keep in mind that Advance Auto Parts carries a wide selection of quality auto parts, and some of these can help you become a more defensive driver -- such as wide-angle blind spot mirrors.

Safe driving tips: why you should always be alert when driving.

Nobody likes driving in rush hour traffic. It’s stressful and intimidating, and can be dangerous.

More accidents happen during rush hour traffic than at any other time. But most of these accidents, and the resulting traffic jams, can be prevented through applying defensive driving tips and paying attention to what is happening around you. Knowing your vehicle’s limits, using the mirrors and staying calm are the keys to safe rush hour driving, not to mention your sanity!

Defensive driving tips can include many things, such as:

  • Properly adjusted mirrors
  • A calm attitude
  • Soothing music
  • Respect for your fellow drivers
  • Observational skills

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Follow these defensive driving tips to increase your safety -- and your peace of mind.

Many accidents can be prevented by staying calm, paying attention to what is going on around you and being courteous. Don’t get distracted, and use your mirrors properly. Here are some other safe driving tips.

What to do:

  1. Pay attention: while at full speed, watch more than just the car in front of you. Also pay attention to what is happening four or five cars ahead, and even farther if you can see.
  2. Use the mirrors: many rear-end accidents could be prevented if the driver in front had noticed what was happening behind him or her. Constantly monitor the rearview mirror, especially as traffic slows.
  3. Learn to merge: many heavy traffic situations are created by improper merging. The most effective driver is one who exhibits equal levels of defensive and decisive driving.
  4. Upgrade the mirrors: Advance Auto Parts has wide-angle blind spot mirrors that can prove to be very effective if used properly.
  5. Use your turn signals and allow those who use their signals to merge into traffic: be polite. If someone wants to merge, and is properly using a turn signal, let the car in.
  6. Maintain a positive attitude: if someone lets you in, give him or her a thank you wave. Both of you will feel good about it.

Safe driving tips: What not to do:

  1. Don’t talk on a cell phone: studies have shown that a driver’s attention is greatly diverted while on a cell phone, even when using a hands-free device.
  2. Don’t take your eyes off the road to adjust the radio or flick cigarette ashes into the ashtray. Looking away from the road for even a split-second can be dangerous.
  3. Don’t let it get to you: nobody likes to drive in heavy traffic and everybody is in a hurry. Get used to it, and don’t let it make you mad.

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