Driving Safely in Kansas City
Driving safely is as easy as it is important. It is especially significant to practice safe driving habits in inclement weather and densely populated areas.
Good driving habits
In order to keep yourself and those around you safe on the road, there are certain practices that should consistently be utilized. The following are tips recommended by The Missouri Driver Guide for securing your safety on the road:
- Always utilize seat belts and child restraints. Studies show that you are significantly less likely to be injured or killed in an accident if you use a seat belt. Not to mention, Missouri state law requires that seat belts be worn by the driver and all passengers at all times.
- Drive defensively. The following defensive driving techniques are crucial for safe driving practices:
- Stay alert. Be aware of what is happening in front of you, on all sides of you, and every few seconds, check your mirrors to see what’s going on behind you. Pay constant attention to avoid crossing over the center dividing line.
- Expect mistakes from other drivers. Consider what you would do if a nearby driver made a mistake. Always leave yourself a way out. Even if you have the right of way, assume the other driver doesn’t know that.
- Never rely on traffic signs or signals to keep others from acting out of turn. It is always possible for another driver to ignore traffic rules or make a mistake. Even when you have the green light, make sure opposing traffic on either side of the intersection comes to a full stop.
- Sit up straight. It is ideal to have your back straight and upright against the seat. Adjust your seat so it’s close enough for you to reach the pedals, but far enough away for your elbows to be in front of you while holding the steering wheel.
- Don’t follow too closely. Leave adequate space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. A good way to think about this is to leave one full car-lengths distance between you and the car in front of you for every 10 miles per hour (mph) of your speed. For example, if you are going 60 mph, you should leave 6 car-lengths between you and the car in front of you.
- Drive appropriately for weather conditions. Wet and icy roads make it much more difficult to stop at a moment’s notice. It is wise to drive slow in wet and icy conditions as well as leave even more space than you normally would between you and the car in front of you. Always make sure that you have enough room to stop without hitting the vehicle in front of you.
- Always use turn signals. Other drivers do not know what you plan to do before you do it. Give them a heads up by using your signals before changing lanes or making turns.
- Expect the unexpected. If you are driving in an area where animal crossing road signs are present, do not speed. Be especially aware of your surroundings. When it’s dark, use your high-beam headlights when opposing traffic is not present. Most deer-related accidents in Missouri happen in January and May, and from October to December.
- Avoid distractions. Place your phone out of sight so you are not distracted by notifications. Try not to look at the radio when adjusting the dials. Avoid looking away from the road whenever possible.
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