Now that school is back in session there are several more people on the road, all of whom are trying to get somewhere on time. People who are on a schedule and pressed for time, don’t always make the safest drivers and it is important to be mindful of this when you are out driving.
Whether you are driving your kids to school before you have to be to work, or you are trying to get home to fix dinner for your family, make sure to follow these tips for safe driving while on a schedule:
- The first one is obvious – give yourself extra time for getting to where you need to be. Understandably, this is not always possible, but whenever you can it is important to make sure that you are leaving the house with plenty of time allowed for traffic and any other obstacles that might cause you to run late.
- Don’t drive distracted. Even if you are late for work and need to answer emails or messages, leave your phone alone. If you have a car full of kids and they are all yelling and causing distractions, make sure that they know how dangerous it is and that they need to be still and use an inside voice. Driving distracted is the number one cause of car accidents.
- Yellow means slow down. When you see a yellow light – don’t let your sense of urgency cause you to hit the gas. This is a dangerous practice that can cause serious accidents in a busy intersection. Instead, when you see the yellow light – slow down.
- If you are running late, don’t keep looking at your clock or watch. When you take your eyes off of the road, even for a split second, you could miss the opportunity to act if traffic changes. For instance, if you are looking down at your watch, you may miss that the car in front of you had to make a sudden stop.
Back to school is hectic for many reasons. Not only are there several more cars on the road but, there are young drivers who just got their license over the summer, and there are cars full of families who each need to get to a different place. Stay calm, focused, and make good driving decisions.