Auto Safety Tips To Help Keep Your Insurance Costs Low
When self-driving cars finally hit the road and become the norm, there are going to be some very interesting effects on traffic laws and insurance. The technology hopes to make traffic and traffic collisions a thing of the past. But, until the day we can all just ride comfortably as passengers on our daily commute, getting behind the wheel comes with a great degree of responsibility.
There are the basic precautions any driver knows (don’t drive drunk, don’t drive tired, obey speed limits and traffic lights), but we put together a list of some simple safety tips that may or may not cross your mind before you get behind the wheel. These minor tweaks to your driving routine decrease your odds of getting into a traffic accident, and help ensure that your insurance rates stay low.
1. Make sure the inside of your windshield is clean: Dead bugs and dirt are obvious when they collect on the outside of your windshield, but when you wash it off take a few seconds to wipe down the interior side of your windshield as well. Dust and film can build up there, but it may not be obvious until the sun is in your eyes. The same goes for your rear windshield and all of your mirrors. They all play a vital role in visibility and traffic safety.
2. Check the air pressure in your tires: This one is probably the easiest to forget. We don’t think about our tires much, except when they get punctured or it’s time to replace them. However, your tires are constantly losing pressure in tiny increments. The Department of Motor Vehicles suggests drivers check their tire air pressure at least once a month, not only for low pressure, but also for pressure that is too high. Low tire pressure not only results in lower gas mileage, but also impacts vehicle control. Conversely, if your tire pressure is too high you are at an increased risk for a blow-out (especially in hotter weather).
3. Be aware of local traffic alerts: There are a number of websites and resources where you can quickly check local traffic conditions. This way you not only know if there have been accidents on your route, but also if road conditions are poor (potholes after a hard rain, ice or sleet).
4. Check for recalls: We often don’t think about factory recalls until we go to register our car and find a list of things that should have been fixed. Your car dealership or other authorized repair shops usually make these factory-ordered repairs for free, but you don’t have to wait until you register your car. All automotive manufacturers will have a place on their website where you can search for any recalls specific to your vehicle. Get a jump on them, because they are important and can lead to unsafe driving conditions. If ignored, future repairs might not be cheap. Recalls can also apply to things like your tires, aftermarket parts, and even your windshield wipers!
5. Finally, just be AWARE: If driving is a routine part of your life, chances are you’ve found yourself day-dreaming on the highway from time to time. We get so used to not getting in accident, we start to forget about the real possibility of one. One of the simplest, and best, safety tips is to just remain alert, and clear-minded, when you’re behind the wheel.