What makes a good driver?
A good driver is the one who is mentally aware of everything happening around their vehicle – a good driver is able to anticipate danger that could be caused by other drivers or passenger distractions and they know how to build in a safety buffer to prevent an accident.
Becoming a good and confident driver, like everything else, takes practice – in this article, we’ll talk about “how to become a good driver”, some tips to keep you safe, and must-have driving habits.
Here is a list of important and must-have driving habits – simply put, you are a good driver if you already possess these driving habits:
- Staying focused while driving.
- Keeping a separation distance between the vehicle before you and yourself.
- Checking your blind spots before moving and before changing lanes.
- Using your signals when changing course.
- Remaining extra cautious during bad weather.
- Wearing a seat belt.
- Watching out for aggressive drivers!
1. Staying Focused while Driving:
Remember to stay focused and look ahead while driving – You will spot potential hazards if you look ahead. Not everyone “pays attention” while driving but to become a good driver, you should cultivate the habit of staying focused – this is critical to safe driving.
Be constantly aware of yourself and other drivers while driving.
To avoid common driving distractions, adjust your car mirrors and make sure you have full visibility in your mirrors before you set out. To avoid personal distractions and distractions caused by passengers, turn off your cell phone while driving, ask your passengers to remain buckled up in their seats, eat and dress before you drive, and stay hydrated.
2. Keeping a separation Distance between you and the Vehicle in front:
Driving close (extremely close) to the vehicle before you is dangerous, really dangerous – in fact; a good driver is able to judge a safe separation distance while driving in all kinds of road conditions.
Keeping a separation distance between you and the vehicle in front will give you enough time to stop if you need to. Learn how to control the separation distance in front – this will keep you, the driver in front, and your passengers safe.
3. Checking your Blind Spots before moving and before changing lanes:
“A blind spot is an area that can’t be seen when you are checking your mirror or looking ahead” – checking your blind spots is insanely easy and mastering this skill can help protect you from an avoidable accident.
Before moving off, check your mirrors for vehicles behind you, then look around over your shoulder. Before changing lanes, take a quick sideways glance to check for any vehicle’s blind spots.
Keep your eyes scanning the situation all around you and try to avoid remaining in other drivers’ blind spots for long.
4. Using your signals when changing course:
Using Signals while you drive not only helps others know what you’re planning to do, it also helps you communicate with them. This is the most common means to communicate with other road users. You should always give a signal.
5. Remaining extra cautious during bad weather:
Weather can be unpredictable – when bad weather hits; a good driver knows how to take extra precautions. You don’t even need to stop driving if you get caught in bad weather – being prepared, reducing speed, taking corners slowly, keeping a separation distance between you/the vehicle in front, and being extra cautious can help you get to your destination safely.
6. Wearing your seat belt properly:
Keep in mind – wearing your seat belt properly can save your life. It can keep you from being thrown from your vehicle and from hitting your head & face on the windshield or steering wheel. Wearing a seat belt is necessary while driving – it simply reduces the risks of serious injuries and death.
7. Watching out for aggressive drivers:
Consider other drivers and watch out for aggressive (reckless) drivers – these drivers drive over the speed limit and they are the cause of a lot of accidents. Learn to stay out of their way – You are not in a race with all the others on the road. Watching out is important and the habit must be mastered.