Five Tips to Improve Your Driving Skills

woman drivingRegardless of your age and driving experience, there is always room for improvement. Whether you just got your license or you are looking to make some improvements now that you have your little ones in the back seat, PermaPlate has some words of advice for you to follow.

Maintain your skills as a safe and attentive driver with these five simple tips.

Stay Alert

Whether you are in the middle of a long drive or just heading home after a busy day at work, it is important to pay attention to how your body feels while you are behind the wheel. Driving while fatigued can be very dangerous, slowing your reaction time and increasing the chance that you fall asleep.

If you begin to feel tired behind the wheel, pull over for a cup of coffee or to take a quick nap. When driving long distances, it is also better to travel with a companion, so you can take turns driving, ensuring you don’t have to stay on the road when you get tired.

Position Your Hands Correctly

For years, driving instructors taught that you should keep your hands on the steering wheel where the 10 and 2 positions are on the clock. This guideline was changed by AAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a few years ago, and these groups now recommend placing your hands at 9 and 3 or 8 and 4.

The lower placement of your hands on the steering wheel provides extra stability, also protecting your arms from injury in case of an accident. In this lower position, it is less likely that your hands and arms will be hurt if your airbag goes off.

Map Your Route Ahead of Time

To help make sure you are paying attention to the road – and not your map or GPS system – while driving somewhere you have never been before, we recommend taking some time to map your route ahead of time. Pull out your map or phone a couple days or hours before you head out, reviewing the route you will be taking so you are aware of any quick turns you may have to make.

Take a Defensive Driving Course

Fairly inexpensive in price, defensive driving courses do more than just lower your car insurance rate. These courses are the perfect way to refresh yourself on the rules of the road, reminding you to be attentive to your surroundings and wary of other vehicles during your travels.

Be Aware of Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Just like everything else in life, everyone has different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to driving. Pay attention to the way you drive, noticing which skills you excel at and which you could use some help with. Whether you always notice yourself speeding or you have trouble parallel parking, pay attention to the areas you need to work on for a conscientious and safe drive.

No matter your driving capability, accidents happen, which is why PermaPlate offers an array of automotive protection products. Whether you would like to protect the inside of your vehicle from spills or your windshield from rocks and road debris, we have a program that can fit your needs.

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