For many people, driving has become second nature causing our attention to safe driving practices to fall to the wayside. Even if you have a safe driving record and have never been in an accident, you should still take safety precautions when driving that can save your life and the life of your passengers if a collision occurs.
At Three Rivers Auto Glass, your safety is our priority, so we have put together a list of car safety tips to help you remain safe out on the road.
This is one of the first lessons we learn when we begin driving, and for a good reason. It is estimated that 15,000 people are saved each year because drivers and passengers are wearing their seatbelt when an accident occurs.
Be sure to wear the seatbelt properly with the shoulder belt resting across the chest and shoulders with the lap belt fitting snug over your hips. The shoulder belt should not cross your neck and should not be placed under your arms or behind your back for it to be effective.
Don’t Drive Distracted
Driving distracted by texting and driving, trying to apply makeup or eat food, can slow your reaction time for braking and can cause you to wreck into another vehicle. Anything that takes your eyes, hands, or attention away from driving puts you at risk for an accident.
Before driving, set your route, complete all calls or texts messages, and be sure to pull over to handle any distractions that come up while driving such as bickering children or an urgent phone call.
Keep Your Eyes Open for Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, and Bicyclists
It is essential to maintain safe speeds when driving, especially when taking a blind curve or going over a hill. It is also crucial for you to watch for pedestrians when coming up to an intersection, especially if you are turning right. You should also provide cyclists with a minimum of half a car’s width when you are passing them.
Motorcyclists are vulnerable to server injury or death in the event of a crash since they do not have the protection of a seat belt or the exterior of a car to keep them safe. You should give motorcyclists plenty of space when passing them. If you pass too close, you could cause a blast of air to upset the stability of the motorcycle.
Repair Cracks or Chips in Your Windshield
Cracked or chipped windshields can obstruct your view while driving. This obstructed view can lead to an accident, so when your windshield is chipped or cracked, it is vital to bring your car into Three Rivers Auto Glass for professional repair. This can make your car safer to drive and can prevent the crack or chip from spreading, further blocking your line of sight.
Contact us today to learn more about our windshield repair services in Pittsburgh.