Driving can be stressful, especially during rush hour and on busier highways. That is why it is important to be as safe and cautious as possible. That importance doubles when you’re driving a rental car as you don’t actually own the vehicle. Here are some safe driving tips from the team at Value Van and Car Rental.
First and foremost, the obvious one, buckle your seat belt. Not only is it the law, but it is the best way to stay safe while traveling in a vehicle, even when traveling at slower speeds.
Maintain Appropriate Speeds
Following the speed limit is obviously a must, but beyond that, sometimes the weather calls for even slower driving. If road conditions are bad or visibility is low, it’s best to slow down or even pull off to the side of the road or at a rest area until the weather improves.
Be Well Rested
Operating a vehicle while tired can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. It is always better to pull over and rest than to risk an accident. Once you feel yourself getting drowsy, either switch seats with another rider or begin searching for a place to stop.
Avoid Impaired Response Time
Another obvious one on the list is avoiding substances that can impair your response time. Alcohol, for example, affects everyone differently and even one drink can be enough to hinder your ability to properly control a vehicle.
Put the Phone Down
Turn on Spotify and then put the phone down. Shut it in the center console if necessary. Distracted driving is just an accident waiting to happen. Taking your eyes off the road even for a second can lead to disaster. If you get a phone call or notification that you can’t miss, pull over and check the phone before continuing your drive.