4 quick tips to keep you safe on the road

Lifestyle Sunday 28/May/2017 19:18 PM
By: Times News Service
4 quick tips to keep you safe on the road

Before setting out on the open road, make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the journey ahead. Take a look at driving trends and behaviours to identify what drivers do (or forget to do) to keep safe on the road this season.

1. Keep your eyes on the road
One of the easiest ways to avoid accidents, wrong turns or other highway mishaps is to stay focused. Cellphones are most often responsible for distracted driving, according to the latest Hankook Tyre Gauge Index in the US. Use Bluetooth, dictation or do-not-disturb features while driving to maintain better focus while on the road.

2. Take advantage of tech
As automotive technology continues to advance, cars are constantly updated with the latest and greatest to make your time behind the wheel more comfortable, more efficient and safer. Over one-third (34 per cent) of drivers reported their vehicles are equipped with a rear view camera, and 26 per cent have adaptive cruise control, which automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe driving distance. While 73 per cent of Americans find these enhanced safety features very useful, the Gauge Index found that more than half (57 per cent) of drivers don’t actually use them. Regardless of the features in your car, it’s important to not let the summer fun distract you from checking rear and side view mirrors, blind spots and speed.

3. Don’t tread lightly
Before a road trip, most people fill up the tank, gather snacks and make sure the kids are set up with movies and games. What about your tyres? Americans are most likely to check the condition of their tyres if they appear to look low or uneven (65 per cent) or if a warning light appears (49 per cent). Even if not prompted by a warning light or unusual sounds, always double check your tyres’ air pressure and tread depth before an extended trip, as healthy tyres improve gas mileage and save money at the pump. In addition to the financial benefits of healthy tyres, Americans also recognise the importance of tyre tread in providing safety and control, as 75 per cent of drivers think about how effective their tyre tread is when driving through heavy rain, and 61 per cent are mindful of their tread when driving on a hairpin turn. Additionally, close to one-fifth (18 per cent) of Americans believe enhanced tyre grip provides more safety on tough turns than wider lanes, reduced speed limits or road sign warnings.

4. Who would you call?
Even the most prepared and proactive drivers can end up on the side of the road because of unforeseen driving events. Whether it’s a flat tyre, dead battery or overheated engine, 41 per cent of Americans listed an auto club as their first phone call, followed by their significant other at 27 per cent, according to the Gauge Index. Only 3 per cent of respondents recognised that their first call should be to local authorities, who can update traffic information, create a safe roadside situation and send the proper help to get you back on the road safely.

By following these quick tips and guidelines to safety, you can go full steam ahead to wherever your destination this summer may be.