Good weather always encourages people to go out, especially during the spring. Children and pets are especially at risk. Drivers need to be more vigilant during these times, because it also means good driving conditions when drivers tend to be more relaxed. Here are 5 things to be cautious of while driving.
Most parents teach their children to stay out of the streets and look both ways before crossing the road. However, children don’t always remember what they are taught, especially when they are playing outside. Perhaps they chased a ball that rolled outside the front lawn, or perhaps they thought it was a good time to visit a neighbor across the road. Small children are not the best at making good decisions, and they are small to boot, so they are hard for a driver to see. When driving in residential areas or around schools, drive slowly and keep a sharp eye out for little kids that might dart into the road in front of you. You should also make sure there is no one behind you when you are driving in reverse, because small children may not show up in your rear or side view mirrors. If in doubt, get out and check. It is time well spent.
Pet dogs and cats are a riskto drivers at any time of the year, but this is especially true when the weather is nice. While dogs should be on a leash when on public roads, and cats prefer to stay indoors most days, they get out anyway. Even if they are on a leash, they can pull away from their owners if they get over excited when they see a cat or another dog, and runin front of a car. Cats are more likely to be hit, because they are not as cautious as dogs when crossing the road, as if they expect cars to stop for them. At any rate, drivers have to be careful of pets darting across the road to avoid hitting any of them.
Children and pets are more in danger when drivers are distracted, even if they are driving at a reasonable speed. Multitasking is a myth, despite what most people believe, so your should only drive an nothing else. Here are some things you should do to avoid distractions.
Connectivity is important to most people nowadays, but even that has a time and place, and that is not while driving. A distracted driver on a mobile phone is as, if not more dangerous than drunk drivers. You need to keep all your attention on the road and surroundings while driving. It only takes a few seconds of inattention to hit someone or something, and it can change your life.
Aside from your mobile phone, people suffer from other distractions. It could be their radio, other people in the car, food, and even their GPS. Keep your eyes on the road and resist trying to do other things at the same time. You may have done this without incident in the past, but it only takes one time when everything comes together to your undoing.
The best way to avoid trouble is to follow the rules. Pay attention to warning signs and speed limits. These are not there for just decoration. Stop at intersections, and look both ways before crossing the road or turning. Avoid lane switching and tailgating, and do not overtake in no overtaking zones. If you are a new driver, it is easy to panic when something unexpected comes up, so it is always a good idea to practice under controlled situations before hitting the road.