4 Life-Saving Driving Tips That You May Not Know

Getting on the road full of distracted drivers can be scary (and for good reason). We all know it’s important to stay off our phones and keep our eyes on the road, but we’ve collected some lesser-known driving tips to keep you safe on the road this holiday season!

1. Keep your headlights on

This first tip is common sense, but something a lot of drivers don’t think about. It is easier to see a car when it’s lights are on, so driving with your headlights on even during the day can help your visibility to other cars and reduce your chance of getting into an accident. In some countries, like Canada and Sweden, cars are actually required to be made with headlights that automatically stay on both day and night.

2. Watch traffic more than roads signs

Just because there’s a stop or a yield sign, does not mean every driver follows the rules. Never assume a car is going to stop or is going to slow down instead of speed up when a light turns yellow. It always important to watch what the drivers around you are going to do first.

3. Listen to calming music

A recent study shows that listening to calming music can help you be a better driver. The study found that the best tempo for safe driving was one that mimics the human heartbeat, falling within 60-80 beats per minute. Some of the music that follows this tempo are songs by artists like Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Elton John, and Radiohead.

4. Use your side mirrors to eliminate blind spots

Blind spots are a common cause for car accidents. However, blind spots can be put into full view of your side mirrors, as long as the mirrors are adjusted to where they do not show any part of your own car. Angle them away from you until your car is no longer visible in either one. By doing this, it eliminates any overlap between other vehicles and the rearview mirror, and therefore any car that’s passing you on either side will remain in at least one of your mirrors, until it enters your field of vision.

The roads are always more packed during the holiday season, so be sure to follow these tips to help stay safe while traveling on the road. Auto Glass of America wishes you a Happy New Year!

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