Driving in the Philippines can be considered something of a survival skill. Between trafficjams and reckless drivers, being able to safely navigate your destination can take a lot out of you. Add the possibility that your car may malfunction in spite of the advances in car technology available these days, and it becomes a question of how exactly you keep yourself safe while driving.
Some driving schools also teach defensive driving techniques for those who might need one way to keep themselves safe. But outside of that, you’ll want to have other driving tips that could save your life handy.
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Here’s a look at a few driving tips that could potentially prevent accidents on long drives.
This is not to assume that roads signs aren’t as important, but traffic such as pedestrian and other cars merit some observation as well. If you’re at a crossroad, you can’t assume that you’ll have the right of way simply because the lights are green. This is especially true in narrower stops and back roads, where drivers simply won’t give way.
It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep an eye on road signs, but to also keep an eye on your surroundings. To do this, you’ll want to have as much of a view of the road as possible, so adjust your side mirrors and the rear-view mirror to provide the maximum view of the road and the vehicles.
Keep your headlights on when driving in low-light or bad weather conditions, not only does it provide you with much-needed visibility, but it also makes you more visible to other drivers on the road.
There’s a reason why you shouldn’t be on your phone when you’re on the road. Since 2015, the MMDA has reported over 1,500 incidences of cellular phone use as causes of traffic accidents. The same can be said of loud music in the vehicle as it distracts drivers from focusing on driving.
It’s a violation for a reason, and being hands-free means your attention is split. Driving is done with more than just your hands. Your brain coordinates your limbs and your reaction time to anything that might be happening on the road.
Take care of your blind spots
There are parts of your vehicle that won’t be visible to you at all times, even with your mirrors adjusted to take in the maximum view of the outside. When you’re driving in the city, these blind spots need to be watched a little more than necessary.
For a little extra care, remember that you’ll want to have at least two seconds between the time the back of the car in front of you passes an object along the side of the road and when the front of your vehicle passes it or four seconds in bad weather conditions.
It pays to drive safely in any situation.Having a car insurance could give you some peace of mind, but it also helps to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers by keeping an eye out and being supremely focused on your driving.
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