Safe Driving Tips

Mazda Safe Driving 

 

No one wants to get in a car wreck. These safe driving tips can reduce your chances of getting in an accident. Learn how to become a better driver by adopting these simple habits.

Stay Focused

Don’t use your smartphone or other electronics while driving. Don’t multitask either. That means no makeup, reading newspapers, or brushing your teeth. Turn down the music, slow down, and focus.

Be Ready

Like coaches say in sports, “always be ready.” Expect the unexpected, especially if you notice a nearby car driving erratically or speeding. If you’re aware of what’s going on around you, you’ll be primed to react. Remember to keep a three-second cushion between you and the car in front of you, more if you’re driving in inclement weather.

Don’t Overschedule

We often end up hurried because we left a few minutes too late, and then make up for it by driving too fast. That’s not safe. Plan ahead for enough time to get there, especially if you’ve never been there before.

Stay in a Safe Mindset

Keep things you need like garage door openers, toll transponders, and cash in the same place all the time so you don’t fumble around looking for them. If something rolls onto the floor, don’t try to grab it until you get to your destination. Always wear your seat belt, and never drive if you’re too tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Drive Courteously

Drive at the same speed as the traffic flow, and don’t change lanes too quickly or without signaling. It’s not safe, and it can antagonize other drivers. Stop completely at four-way stops and wait your turn. Always look for pedestrians and bikers from both directions at stop signs and before turning right at a red light.

Maintain Your Vehicle

Stay current with your scheduled maintenance to reduce your chances of a breakdown. The last place you want to be is on the side of the road! Regular oil changes and annual maintenance will help keep your car running properly. Schedule an appointment with Hiley Mazda’s service department today. We’re located in Arlington, near Mansfield and Fort Worth.

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