Safe driving may seem to be common sense at first; but for whatever reason, once you’re behind the wheel of a car, you just can’t resist those dangerous driving behaviors. Maybe you have a penchant for speeding, or perhaps your life is so busy that your long commute gives you the opportunity to multi-task. Whatever the case may be, distracted and dangerous driving habits have made a mess of your driving history…
And you’re ready to clean your act up.
Having a safe driving record (or DMV report) is critical for living a successful life. Think about it this way: a sub-par driving record can prevent you from getting a job, getting cheaper premiums on your insurance, and even mess with your credit score (especially if you let any unpaid tickets linger). When you have a clean driving record, there’s nothing but open road ahead of you.
If you want to learn how to become a safe driver, here’s what you need to do:
- Recognize the situations that tempt you into engaging in unsafe driving habits. For example, if you continually speed more than twenty miles above the speed limit, recognize what behaviors propel you to this habit. Do you tend to speed when you’re late for work or an event? Or do you speed because you hate getting stuck behind slow drivers? Recognize your reason and learn how to curtail those habits. For example:
- Make sure you leave enough time for you to get to work or an event.
- If you’re stuck behind a slow driver, don’t get angry. Instead, take a few deep breaths, put on a song you love, and enjoy having a few moments to yourself.
- Keep distracted driving tools out of reach, like your cell phone, as this will help you resist the urge to text. With this in mind, keep all toll money, garage passes, and other related driving tools within easy reach. This can prevent you from being distracted while driving, which can lower your chances for getting into an accident.
- If you’re prone to road rage – which can lead to accidents, speeding tickets, and other moving violations – find a way to work out your anger outside of the car. Start hitting the gym more or pick up a hobby that makes you feel relaxed and fulfilled. Road rage can often be symptomatic of deeper issues, so try to work them out before you get behind the wheel.
Use these tips to become a safer driver – and get your driving records clean again!
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