3 Important Vehicle Safety Tips
Practicing vehicle safety is an important goal of responsible driving. We all know that drinking under the influence of alcohol is unsafe, but many other actions can make our ride hazardous too. Before you take that next ride in your new vehicle, consider these vehicle tips to keep you safe.
Don’t eat while driving
Many people like to grab a snack or meal to eat while driving to their next destination, but juggling a sandwich while maneuvering the vehicle adds up to a potentially dangerous situation. Actually, you need one, and sometimes both, hands off the wheel to eat while driving, which makes it all the more difficult. To be safe, wait until you arrive at your destination or have a snack before you leave in the vehicle. It also keeps your vehicle cleaner.
Make sure your vehicle can handle the task
Have you seen people driving with impossibly large objects just sort of tied to the top of the car? That’s extremely dangerous. Very strong forces occur on the outside of the vehicle as you accelerate, decelerate, come to a full stop or start from one, and then there’s the wind to consider. You might not only lose what you were moving, but you could cause an accident. If you plan to transport something big, get a vehicle up to the task, like a cascadia evolution. If you do so you will be able to transport whatever you need safely, and you will avoid putting other drivers at risk. One more thing to add, but just as important: you run the risk of getting pulled over if they see you carrying something in a manner deemed unsafe. As the title of this section states, make sure your vehicle can handle the task.
Keep the pets at home
Driving with your furry friend may seem harmless, but if you’ve ever tried it then you know how difficult it is. Dogs like to wander back and forth in a car and are even prone to plopping down on the driver’s lap! Hawaii has now made it against the law to drive with your pet on your lap. Fortunately, you can still bring your pet with you if you purchase a pet restraining seatbelt. Bryan Folger with the Folger Law Firm has specialized in claims involving car accidents with improper seatbelt configurations. Having a pet that is not restricted by a seatbelt falls into this category.
Put the electronics on hold
We’re all aware of how dangerous texting and driving is, but the fact is many people still do it. The United States Department of Transportation says that even if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds – long enough to send or read a text — while driving 55 miles an hour, it’s the same as driving the “length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.” That is startling! Use can use your phone’s auto “Do Not Disturb” feature. This will detect when you’re driving and send callers and texters a message letting them know you will get back to them shortly.
You should avoid cell phones, but what about the automotive telematics unit? Well, it is true that in most cases this device can provide gps, which you might require in order to check your route. These devices are perfectly legal and safe to use under normal circumstances. However, if you need more than a quick glance it would be prudent to pull over first or have a passenger do it for you.
Enjoy that new vehicle by practicing safe driving. For more vehicle tips, contact us at Roseville Automall today!