8 Road Safety Tips For Newbie Drivers

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by Ysa Singson
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Maybe you just got your license or you bought your first car recently, but if this is your first time driving, you need to remember these tips to keep you—and everyone around you—safe.

1. Obey the speed limit. 

This might seem like an obvious one, but we've all experienced being surprised by (and annoyed at) a driver who feels like he's part of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Plus, going too fast doesn't give you enough time to stop or react. 

2. Always wear your seat belt.

Though accidents can sometimes be avoided, they do happen. One way to keep yourself safe is by fastening your seat belt as soon as you get in a car. Also, don't try to squeeze in too many people in one car; make sure each person riding with you has his or her own seat belt.

3. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. 

Don't. Text. While. Driving. We seriously can't stress that enough. In fact, as much as possible, don't fiddle with anything while you're on the road. Adjust yourself before you pull out of your driveway, and minimize distractions. Believe it or not, even something as normal as looking for a good radio station takes away too much focus from your driving.

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4. Don't drive too close to the car in front of you. 

This is how rear-end accidents happen. According to Topgear.com.ph, a safe following distance is measured in time, aka how many seconds it takes before reaching the car in front of you. This depends on your speed, of course. Use the two-second rule: A distance of two car-lengths at 20kph, five at 60kph and 10 at 100kph. 

5. Adjust your head rest so that it supports your head, not your neck. 

This is specifically important because it's not necessarily about comfort; it's to minimize the damage of whiplash for if you do get into an accident. 

6. As much as possible, stay in your lane. 

People forget that switching lanes can be dangerous—for you and for other drivers around you. If you feel like you're in the wrong lane and you're desperate to make your turn or exit, the safe move is to really just suck it up and take the next one. 

7. Make sure your windshield is clean. 

Light reflecting off your dirty windsheild can get in the way of your driving by momentarily blinding you.

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8. Don't abuse the hazard button.

Pinoys love using the hazard button for when they park without needing to park because they're just waiting for someone or picking something up. Not only is it wrong, it's also annoying AF. 

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