My Car Quest

December 2, 2021

Becoming the Best Driver You Can Be

Driving a car is a big responsibility. Not only are your responsible for your own safety when driving, but you’re responsible for the safety of others around you – whether that’s other drivers, pedestrians or other people’s property. So, for everyone’s sake, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re the best driver you can be every time you get behind that wheel. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself for any situation on the roads. Here are a few suggestions that should help you along the way!

Take Refresher Courses

If your driving skills are feeling a little rusty, or you find that you’re not driving too well on the roads and are often making mistakes – or even if you simply want to boost your driving confidence, it’s good to remember that you can always complete a driving refresher course. These are provided by professional driving instructors for people who already have their license, but want a bit more practice. Not only can this help with your driving, but it can also sometimes reduce your insurance costs!

Know What to Do In An Incident

Hopefully, you never experience an incident on the roads. But it is important that you know what to do after a minor car accident or a major road accident, just in case. Here are a few steps that will help you to achieve this.

Stop Your Vehicle – the first step you must absolutely follow when in a road incident is to make sure that you stop your car as soon as it is safe to do so. Whether you’ve hit another vehicle, knocked over a pedestrian, hit a pet or large animal, hit someone else’s property, or anything else, you need to stop. This will allow you to survey the situation and take the correct next steps.

Seek Medical Help – if anyone has been injured in the incident, or if anyone is experiencing shock, you need to make sure that you seek medical assistance immediately. A medical team will then be able to attend to those who need it and ensure that the injured individual gets the help that they need, whether that’s heading to the hospital or being referred on for later treatment and therapy.

Collect Details – you need to collect the details of anyone else who is involved in the insurance purposes. If the accident was the other person’s fault, you need their details to cover damage to your vehicle. If it was your fault, you need to swap details to cover damage to both vehicles. Take note of the make and model of their car, whether the vehicle they are driving is their own and – if it’s not – you should take the details of the registered owner. Write down the time of the incident and details of what happened too.

Make Sure You’re Fully Prepared for Any Scenario

You can be the best driver possible, but you also need to be prepared for incidents that are beyond your control when taking to the roads. Sometimes, your car may fail you, and it’s important that you have everything required to deal with incidents should you break down or experience other situations. Here are some precautionary steps to take.

Make Sure You Have a First Aid Kit

Every vehicle should have a first aid kit on board. A good first aid kit should contain:

Gloves
Antiseptic Wipes
Antiseptic Cream
An Eye Bath
Bandages
Gauze Pads
Dressings
Tape
Safety Pins
Scissors
Tweezers

These are the basics, a more stocked first aid kit is even better!

Invest in Jumper Cables or a Lithium Jump Starter

In certain situations, your car could end up with a flat battery. To resolve this, you can use another vehicle and jumper cables to get your car jump started and ready to go again. Make sure to invest in some jumper cables and leave them in your trunk, ready if you need them. A great alternative is a Lithium Jump Starter, which will cost more than jumper cables but another car is not needed to get your car back on the road.

Pack An Empty Fuel Can

You should always make sure that your car is fueled whenever you start a journey. But should you end up lost and unable to make your way to a garage in time to fill up, you could find that you need an empty fuel can to take to a station to refuel an empty and broken down vehicle.

A Spare Tire

Every car should have a spare tire. Unfortunately, punctured tires are pretty common. Most cars come with a spare, but make sure that it’s in good condition and can be used safely.

These suggestions should all help to keep you as safe as possible on the roads, for your own sake and for others’ sake. Hopefully, some of the information comes in useful for you!

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Becoming the Best Driver You Can Be
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Becoming the Best Driver You Can Be
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These suggestions should all help to keep you as safe as possible on the roads, for your own sake and for others’ sake.

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