Driving Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

We’re known as one of the go-to places for auto repair in Omaha. We’ve been serving the Omaha community since 1956. In that time we’ve repaired a lot of vehicles that had been involved in accidents. It’s part of our job, but we’d rather repair vehicles from normal wear and tear and see less damaged vehicles from accidents. We want everyone to be safe on the roads, especially when there’s more road traffic during the Summer months. Here are some driving safety tips everyone should know and practice regularly.

Focus

The number one thing every driver needs to do behind the wheel is to focus on driving and driving only. Driving is not a time when multi-tasking is ever an option. Never use your phone or look at your phone when driving. Drive the speed limit. When you speed, you have less time to react when something goes wrong and increase the chances of a severe accident.

Drive Defensively

Always be aware of what other drivers around you are doing. Don’t expect them to make the best decision. Assume they’re going to do something wrong and be prepared to avoid it. Keep a 2-second cushion between your and the car in front of you at all times. If the weather is bad increase the buffer to 4 seconds.

Plan Ahead

If you’re taking a long road trip schedule time for food stops, rest breaks, phone calls or other business. Adjust your seat, mirrors, and climate controls before ever putting your car in gear. If you’re hungry and have a snack in the car, pull over for 5 minutes to eat it, rather than fumbling with wrappers and containers while trying to drive.

On the Road Safety

Make sure loose cargo is secured and not moving around while your car is on the road. If items fall to the floor, don’t try to retrieve it while driving. Keep needed things like toll cards and garage passes within easy reach. Always wear your seat belt. Never drive after drinking.

What to do After an Accident

If you ever are in an accident, first make sure no one in the car is injured. Next, check on the passengers in the other vehicle. Stay at the scene, and call 911. Stay in your vehicle while you wait for the officers to arrive. Stay calm – don’t argue with the other driver. You can exchange contact and insurance information. Contact your insurance provider.

Drive Safe Omaha

We hope everyone has a wonderful Summer and stays safe. Part of staying safe is staying on top of your vehicle’s maintenance. If you can’t remember the last time your car has a check-up, oil change, or tire rotation – stop by the shop, and we’ll make sure your vehicle is safe for the rest of the Summer.

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