12 Unconventional Tips for Safe Driving

When it comes to safe driving, there are many tips and tricks. While driving is something we do every day, often it becomes automatic and routine. However, there are many things we don’t think about that can aid in a safer drive for you and a better life for your car.

The Unconventional Safe Driving Tips:

1. Adjust Your Seat Correctly

Did you know that if you lower your seat you will actually feel like you’re going faster without having to use your accelerator? Those who have their seats adjusted too high may feel that they are going slow. So lower your seat instead of lowering the gas pedal.

2. Don’t Ride Your Clutch

Do you ride your clutch when anticipating a shift? It is hard on your clutch and if you want to make your clutch last longer and accelerate faster you need to use it sparingly. Also, put your car in neutral when you come up to a stop light. It reduces the amount of heat carried by the cooling system. It could save you a little on your gas mileage.

3. Avoid Blocking Freeway Signal Lights

According to David Schrank, Ph.D., of the Texas transportation Institute says that the traffic signals that allow you entrance on the freeway seem insignificant but the 20 to 30 seconds that you wait can actually save you five to ten minutes on your commute.

4. Ignore Your Cell Phone

It isn’t just the cell phone but a variety of things that cause distracted driving. did you know that adjusting the radio (if you still use yours in the car) takes 5.5 seconds off the road?  Using a cell phone triples your chance of a crash. and should you drop something and go to reach for it, that will increase your chance of collision nine times. The worst culprit is texting. That will increase your chances of an accident by 23 times. Take the time to eat before you drive, make sure you are fully dressed and ready to go before you get into your car, and put your phone in an out of the reach place to keep you from being tempted to use it.

5. Stay in the Right Lane

When traveling the freeways your risk of a collision increases as you switch lanes. If you travel in the middle your chances of collision are reduced. Fewer accidents occur there. You know the driver that constantly changes lanes? They may save as much as four minutes on their commute but significantly increases the chances of an accident.

6. Don’t Ride Your Clutch

Do you ride your clutch when anticipating a shift? It is hard on your clutch and if you want to make your clutch last longer and accelerate faster you need to use it sparingly. Also, put your car in neutral when you come up to a stop light. It reduces the amount of heat carried by the cooling system. It could save you a little on your gas mileage.

7. Get Your Car Washed

Washing your vehicle at home can leave deep scratches in the paint. Besides that, it takes 20 times more water to wash it at home. You aren’t doing your car or the environment any favors.

8. Get Cold To Defrost Your Windshield

While new cars do this automatically you should run your air conditioning while defrosting your windshield. Because the AC air is dry it will dehumidify the air in your vehicle making it easier to defrost your windshield. If it does get chilly just adjust the temperature.

9. Shed Weight for Better Gas Mileage

If you want to get better gas mileage for your vehicle, keep it clean. “For every 100 pounds you remove improves economy by 1 to 2 percent and can fuel your economy by as much as 5 percent.” (Men’s Magazine).

10. Slow Down On Wet Roads

Should you come upon an area where water has flooded the road pick a spot that has slower moving water and drive in on an angle. Drive slowly so that you are causing a small wave. It pushes the water forward and creates a shallow pool so that you can move forward through it.

11. Balance the Air in Your Tires

You don’t want under inflated tires because there is less friction, and less friction means that you will wear down the tread on your tires quicker, you’ll use more gas because your engine has to work harder. You don’t want to over-inflate your tires because then your ties don’t grip the road and that can have repercussions.

12. Change Your Filters, Not Just Your Oil

When you go in to get your oil changed, you should also change your filter. Because the oil filter traps the dirt that would harm your engine it’s important to change it.  Today’s filters trap more particles not available ten years ago.

Driving safely can help reduce your car insurance rates. By not filing claims, you can qualify for a safe driving discount with Nationwide Insurance.

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