7 Tips for Safer Subaru Driving - Service Questions in Shingle Springs, CA

Seven Tips for Safer Driving Shingle Springs, California

Subaru takes your safety very seriously, so Subaru models are designed to keep you protected in all kinds of situations. However, even the safest vehicle is at the whims of its driver. What habits make safe drivers? There's a lot to it, but below are seven key elements to safe, defensive driving. They're great for anyone to review, whether you're a teen who's just starting to drive or an adult who has been driving for decades.

7. Practice Defensive Driving

You're probably seen plenty of aggressive drivers on the road, as well as plenty of timid drivers. Both of these techniques are dangerous: a defensive driving style is what's best. Be aware of the rules of the road, and be assertive--but also keep a close eye on your surroundings at all times, so you can be prepared to react at a moment's notice. There are several places that offer defensive driving classes, which can be very helpful.

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6. Keep a Safe Distance

This is one of those pieces of advice that seems reasonable when you're reading it online--but once you're behind a car that's going ten under in the left lane on the highway, it's not easy to remember. No matter how frustrating the car in front of you is, you should observe the two-second rule at a minimum. This rule states that you should stay two seconds behind a vehicle. To do this, start counting once the car in front of you has passed a stationary object. If you pass that object before you've fully counted to two, you're following too closely. It's important to keep in mind that this rule is based on reaction time; however, it still may not be enough to stop safely. That's why the rule is a bare minimum: the three-second rule is even better, and you should further increase your distance when the roads are slick.

5. Stick to the Speed Limit

We get it. Sometimes going the speed limit can make it feel like you're crawling while everyone else flies past you. And while traveling too much slower than the rate of traffic is also dangerous, those limits are there for a reason. This is especially important for residential areas and other places where pedestrians might be. If someone steps out into the street when you're going 25, you'll have more time to respond than if you're going 35--and, if you still can't bring your vehicle to a stop in time, they'll have a much better chance of survival if they're hit at a lower speed.

4. Always Wear Your Seat Belt

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proclaims: "Seat Belts Save Lives." They should know--they've conducted the research! According to the NHTSA, buckling up automatically cuts your risk of fatal injury during a crash in half. Not only is buckling up the law, but it will protect you in case of a collision. From airbags to crumple zones, all the safety features in your vehicle are designed to work with seat belts. If you're not buckled, these safety features could themselves can become a danger to you.

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3. Don't Drink and Drive

Perhaps no kind of impaired driving has been targeted more than drunk driving; however, drunk drivers still cause lots of accidents. Many people might think that they'll be all right if they drive after just a few drinks, if they're merely "buzzed." But buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you drive with any level of impairment, your reaction time will be a lot slower--and it could be the difference between life and death. If you're planning on drinking, plan ahead: find a designated driver or use a taxi, bus, or ride share company.

2. Don't Drive Drowsy

Another form of impaired driving is driving when you're too tired to safely do so. Like being drunk, drowsiness can slow your reaction times greatly. If you're struggling to keep your eyes open or find yourself "zoning out" during the drive, pull over and either find other transportation or take a power nap until it's safe to drive again.

1. Don't Text and Drive

This goes for more than just texting: all distractions, from applying makeup to eating to talking on the phone, have the potential to be dangerous. However, since texting has become commonplace, distracted driving has also increased. A two-second glance at your phone may not seem like much--but remember that two-second rule we talked about earlier? Even a quick look can mean the difference between adequate response time and inadequate response time. Some phones have a "driving mode," where they won't alert you to texts when you drive. Some can even send an automatic text to anyone trying to reach you, letting them know that you're on the road and will reply when it's safe to do so. There's no text that's more important than your life, so it can wait.

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