Car accidents are an inevitable part of the driving experience. Unfortunately, most car accidents that do occur are the result of careless drivers. In other words, if you want to keep your new or used car looking as good as it did the day you drove it home from the dealership, you'll need to be on the defensive against careless and aggressive drivers. Here are a few defensive driving tips that will keep you and your new car safe:
- Don’t Follow Too Closely – One of the most important aspects of defensive driving is to keep a safe distance between yourself and the car ahead of you. The greater the distance between your car and the car ahead, the more time you will have to react if that car makes a sudden turn or stop. As a general rule, try to put between three and five seconds between you and the car in front of you.
- Avoid Distractions – Believe it or not, but distracted driving is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. When you talk on your cell phone or send text messages while driving, your focus is severely affected. In fact, working a cell phone behind the wheel can delay reaction times by as much as 20 percent.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings – In addition to avoiding distractions while driving, it’s important that you actively scan your blind spots and the road in front of you. By being aware of your surroundings, you will be able to avoid upcoming road hazards as well as perform evasive driving maneuvers in the event of an emergency. Being aware of your surroundings also means obeying posted speed limits and adhering to all applicable driving laws.
If you’re worried about the safety and reliability of your current vehicle, then stop by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC for the best selection of new and used vehicles in Youngstown. We offer a terrific selection of new and quality pre-owned Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet vehicles. Visit our website or call (330) 460-5983 if you have any questions about our inventory.