Safe driving tips Regardless of the type of vehicle you use, if you want to stay away from the dangers and damages that may arise, you should consider the basic safety strategies listed below.
Get a good riding position. Adjust the seat so that your wrist reaches the top of the steering wheel when you extend your hand. Adjust the head guard so that it is just behind your head, but not touching your head. Hold the steering wheel symmetrically at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions. This way you can turn it left and right more quickly and just as much as you want. If you keep your hand directly on the steering wheel, if the airbag inflates in an emergency, it could break your arm or hit you in the face.
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- Be careful while landing! The doors of the vehicle, especially the doors on the left side of the vehicle, should not be opened without making sure that there are no other vehicles, cyclists, or pedestrians coming from the road.
- Be careful! Always be careful while driving and never miss the traffic signs, which are usually posted on the right! Do not try to interpret signs in the opposite direction from the back. When you have to talk to the people in the vehicle while driving, keep your eyes on the road. Be even more careful on roads and intersections where accidents are known to be frequent. In this case, it is useless to discuss prohibitions and restrictions on alcohol. In Germany, the alcohol limit has been lowered to 0.05%.
- Go with the flow. Obey the traffic flow when conditions permit. Extreme speed differences can be dangerous.
- Obey the speed limits. Most accidents are caused by excessive speed and careless movements. It should be noted that the speed limits on the traffic signs are the maximum allowable speeds and can only be applied if the traffic, weather, and road conditions are suitable. Even if the road is empty and there is no police control, be careful not to exceed the speed limit. Know sincerely the speed limits of the roads you travel. There are only three-speed limits: urban, extra-urban, and highway speed limits. These are valid unless otherwise indicated.
- Do not use 6th gear. Go down with the gear you think you can go uphill. Never put the gear in neutral on downhill descents and be careful not to increase your speed. Otherwise, you may lose driving control.
- Don’t get too close. If you do not get too close to other vehicles on intercity roads, you will not be involved in their accidents.
- Watch the traffic. By looking ahead, understand any problem before you approach it. Check your mirrors often.
- Can you pass? If you are at a speed higher than the speed of the vehicle you want to pass, you can pass.
- Think later. Make recovery plans by constantly thinking about possible traffic emergencies.
- Don’t be a left-lane alcoholic. The left lane is the crossing lane, not the fast-driving lane. Clear the left lane except at the crossings. Don’t try to slow down speeders either. Let the cops do the policing.
- Far close. Keep your headlights on during the daytime, on intercity roads, and in rainy and foggy weather, apart from night driving. This will allow you to be seen better, making oncoming drivers more careful. Don’t forget to switch your headlights to low beams during the transition so that your headlights do not dazzle the driver of the oncoming vehicle while driving at night.
- Signal. Inform other drivers of your intention by signaling before lane changes and turns.
- Wait to turn left. While stopping in traffic and waiting to turn left, keep your wheels straight ahead until the road is clear. If you wait with your wheels swerving to the left, when someone hits you from behind, it will push you in front of oncoming traffic. Also, when you see an obstacle ahead, check for traffic in that lane and give way to them before immediately switching to the other lane.
- Right turn It is not possible to make a right turn at a red light. Only at some intersections, there is a separate light for turning and if it is green or specifically indicated that a turn can be made, a turn can be made by paying attention to the traffic on the other road.
- Help with entries. When driving in the right lane on multi-lane roads, you can help vehicles entering from the right to enter safely and properly by temporarily switching to an inner lane as traffic permits.
- Brake at the right time. Slow down to the appropriate speed before coming into turns. Hard braking in the middle of the turn will destabilize your vehicle.
- Try ABS. If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system, pedal vibrations, and noises may surprise you the first time you encounter it. So, to understand how ABS feels, without waiting for an emergency, find a sandy, slippery road or an empty parking lot on a rainy day and brake hard to alert ABS.
- Do not use the phone while driving. According to studies, phone calls while driving increase the risk of an accident by up to four times. The risk is the same when using a “hands-off” or headset phone.
- Protect your night vision. Do not look too closely at oncoming headlights. If it’s blinding, focus your gaze on the right side of the road.
- Get your sleep. Do not drive while drowsy. If your eyes are fixed in one spot, it’s a danger sign. Take a nap for a few minutes by pulling to the right at the nearest safe place you find.
- Secure it. Secure it when leaving your vehicle, even for a short time. That is, engage the handbrake by shifting into low gear, and lock the doors by closing the windows. If no one else is in the car, lock the doors, even when you go to pay with a credit card.