Avoid Tickets! Here Are 3 Ways To Shore Up Your Driving Habits
We live in the Age of Distraction, which can make it difficult to focus on observing the speed limit and driving safely. However, you can avoid tickets by adopting a few simple driving habits that can improve your driving performance and reduce the likelihood of being pulled over.
Use Cruise Control
The best way to stay within the speed limit is to put your driving speed on automatic. On a traffic-free highway, cruise control offers an easy way to obey traffic laws without giving it a second thought.
Some newer car models also come equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically adapts your speed to keep a safe distance between yourself and the other cars on the road. This makes cruise control effective, even when driving in traffic. According to the AAA website, this technology, may help prevent 13,000 crashes per year.
Be Smart About Cell Phone Use
According to the It Can Wait website, texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. It’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55mph — blindfolded.
Drivers who text or otherwise use their cell phones on the road are more apt to veer into another lane, to drive at erratic speeds, or even to collide with another vehicle. However, many newer model cars come equipped with hands-free technologies that can reduce your need to handle your cell phone. For example, car model years as early as 2012 may come equipped with Bluetooth technology that allows you to speak or text on the phone without ever taking your eyes off the road. Even if it’s isn’t brand new, you can find a used car through a dealership like Young Subaru with potentially life-saving technology.
Rest When Necessary
Driving accuracy can be greatly reduced during late night, or extended, drives. If you are feeling tired at any point during your drive, the wise thing to do is pull off the road for a rest. While the break may feel like a waste of time, it may actually help you avoid tickets and could even save your life.
Search for Interstate Rest Areas online before you get on the road, or use your hands-free technology to search one out by voice command the moment you begin to feel drowsy on the road. These rest stops are specifically designed to let you sleep in your car for a few hours before heading out again.
Avoid Tickets By Improving Your Driving Habits
Shoring up your driving doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply adopt these three driving practices to increase your road safety and avoid tickets while on the road.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. Connect with Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.