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Safe Driving Tips – Do’s and Don’ts

Driving schools around the world agree upon certain common tips for drivers. Whether you just got behind the wheel or you have been on the road for years, these are essential tips for safe driving anywhere in the world.

What you DO:

Follow all official rules, road signs, speed limits and any other driving guidelines in your area. Remember there are special rules which may apply in a certain country, city or a region e.g. turning right on red light is allowed in Florida (USA) but not in most other states. Similarly, a lower speed limit is mandatory in Queensland (Australia). Be aware, check your rules online.

Pay your fines, traffic tickets and clear your violations on time, in case you have failed to follow a rule

Wear your seat belt every single time. Yes, even if you are driving only two blocks. According to Northside Driving Schools most accidents happen when the driver is over-confident of his familiarity of the area, especially close to his residence or office. So be attentive and careful every single time.

Be courteous to fellow drivers, bicycles and pedestrians. Pedestrians always have right of way on crosswalks. Give room to bicycles on roads which do not have special bike lanes.

Keep children in proper child seats. Better safe than sorry!

Do make time for routine maintenance of your vehicle. Driving schools recommend changing your oils, checking your tires, keeping spare tires and a jack, winter tools (if you are driving during winters) and regular checkup of battery, engine and mechanical health of the car. If you are planning to travel far away from city, make sure your GPS is functioning well and you have a road-map as a back-up.

What you DON’T:

Don’t take your eyes off the road. Inattentive driving is liable for fines. Northside Driving schools categorize these into three kinds: visual distraction (text and drive, watching videos), physical distraction (taking your hands off the steering wheel to change stereo controls, eating while driving) or mental distraction (talking on cellphone or talking to other passengers). Each can be dangerous and costly.

Try not to engage in competitive speeding, tailgating or any form of road rage. If it is a really rough day for you, let someone else drive.

Do not drink and drive. Period!

Traffic authorities insist that you never assume the intentions of other drivers, as well as never assume that others on the road know yours. A driver who has just turned into an exit may have forgotten his right-turn indicator lights. A driver may not give you right of way while he or she is trying to get into a lane. Always give your signals and still wait safely before making a move.

Keep your valuables out of visibility when waiting or parked. Too often crimes happen when there is an opportunity.

Stick to the above fundamentals and ensure that driving around the city is a safe experience

Mark Long works for the Queensland Police Service and an expert on traffic rules. A guest speaker in Northside Driving Schools for several years, he advises drivers on basic driving lessons.