If you want to become a safer driver, there are many things you can do to make that happen. Whether you’re new to driving or you simply want to start paying more attention to safety, there are probably lots of things that you should be doing but aren’t. There’s no such thing as the perfect driver and we all have shortcomings on the road, so read on to find out about some of the ways you can start driving safer.

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Safe Driving Starts with Care Maintenance
This seems like a given, but making sure your car is in top-notch shape is the very first thing you need to consider. If your car isn’t maintained, it’s going to be unsafe and the risk of a problem on the road will be higher. That’s obviously not what you want, so it’s important to stay on top of basic maintenance tasks and do what you can to keep your car in good and safe working order.

Aim for a Smooth Ride
First of all, you should aim to drive smoothly. This might sound like something that’s pretty obvious but it’s not necessarily something that everyone manages to achieve. Dangerous driving can take many forms and for many people. One thing I’ve noticed that drivers often do and don’t realize is changing lanes. So this swiftly, but smoothly. Try not to be jerky with your steering wheel. This is not only safer, but allows your passengers a more enjoyable experience.

Avoid Distractions
One of the major causes of bad driving and dangerous driving is distractions. If you’re behind the wheel and in control of your vehicle, you should always do what you can to avoid distractions. You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you might cause an accident because your attention was on something other than the road. That’s never the way it should be.

Drive While Being Alert to Your Surroundings
It’s vital to be alert to your surroundings when you’re on the road. It’s not just you who can cause accidents; other drives can cause problems for you to. If you’re at least alert to the potential for accidents caused by other drivers, you might be able to avoid them. Statistics such as the fact that 67% of truck accident deaths are car passengers show the importance of this.

Tiredness Kills So Take Breaks
When you’re tired behind the wheel, you put yourself and others at risk. Tiredness really does kill and that’s something you can avoid by taking breaks when you’re driving for long periods of time. When you start to feel sleepy, you should find a safe place to stop and get the rest you need before carrying on. That’s the only safe course of action to take.

Be sure to start making the most of these safer driving tips sooner rather than later. It’s never too soon to start thinking about improving your safety on the road. Not only will you benefit from a safer approach, but everyone around you will too.