Good driving habits can help to keep you safe on the road and your insurance premiums affordable. Although you may have one of the safest vehicles on the market, what you do behind the wheel matters.

We've compiled a few good driving habits for you to focus on each time you take to the road.

 

Maintain a Safe Distance

When you follow too closely to the car in front of you, there's a risk of hitting them if they have to slam on their brakes. The two-second rule maintains that you stay two full seconds behind the car in front of you, regardless of your speed.

You will also want to allow even more room between you and a tractor trailer. Due to the length of their rig, they won't be able to see you if you're too close to them. This could lead to problems if they need to turn or change lanes. Ensure that you provide enough distance that they can always see you.

Watch Your Speed

Be sure you know what the posted speed limit is on every road you're driving on. Speeds can vary dramatically due to residential areas, road construction, and more. By driving slower, you have the ability to stop faster.

Additionally, you should plan to reduce your speed at night, in the rain, and during other situations when it may be harder to see what's going on. It will ensure you can account for other cars as well as other obstacles in the road.

 

Lower Your Stereo

Even though a good song may come on from time to time, the volume should be kept low. When the music is too loud, it can lead you to be distracted by what's happening on the road. Additionally, you want the volume low enough that you can hear what is going on around you - a car honking, tires screeching, or an ambulance coming through.

Focus on Defensive Driving

You can actually take a course to teach you more about defensive driving. It allows you to put safety first while not depending on other drivers to do the right thing. You should drive with an escape route in mind so that you don't end up in a collision. Always keep a look out for what could happen to prepare you for an issue if one presents itself.

The bonus of taking a defensive driving course is that it can save you on your insurance. Just ask for a certificate so that you can show your insurance company.

Rest When You're Tired

One of the most dangerous things that you can do is drive when you're tired. It's recommended that you're never behind the wheel for more than eight hours a day. Fatigue can lead to ignoring road signs, drifting in and out of lanes, and even falling asleep at the wheel.

If you start to feel tired, switch drivers or pull over. You can always grab a bite to eat or stay at a hotel before getting back on the road. It's better to be delayed a bit than to get into an accident.

 

Service Your Vehicle

When you want to be safer on the roads, you have to look to your vehicle to keep you safe. This means following the preventative maintenance schedule found in your owner's manual.

Changing windshield wipers regularly will allow you to clear your windshield in the rain. Oil changes will help your engine to run smoothly. Tire rotations will help with maintaining a good grip on the road. Brake inspections will ensure you're able to stop quickly enough. The list goes on and on, so you'll want to make an appointment with our service center. One of our technicians can perform an inspection and recommend what needs to be done to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape.

Good driving habits are learned over time. By focusing on the road and cutting out the distractions, you can be sure you're safer behind the wheel. When you visit us, we can also help you to find a vehicle with all of the latest safety features, helping you with road safety even more. You'll feel safer and more confident when you know you've got the habits of a good driver instilled in you.