Vehicle Safety Tips and More

When driving a vehicle, most people want to arrive at their destination safely and as inexpensively as possible. Unfortunately, these are things that people cannot fully control. By taking the right steps, however, drivers can reduce their risk of an accident. You can also reduce the cost of driving by improving your gas mileage.

Gas prices are constantly fluctuating and often go through periods when they increase significantly. For this reason, it pays to know how to improve a car's gas mileage. Checking tires regularly is one way to accomplish that. Cars with low tire pressure cause a reduction in gas mileage. Tires can be checked and inflated at local gas stations, where there are often air pumps. Drivers can verify what the proper pressure should be by checking the owner's manual. Older cars can get better gas mileage when dirty air filters are replaced. Maintenance issues can also cause problems with gas mileage, as can using the wrong grade of motor oil.

To improve safety, it is important that people learn how to drive defensively and drive appropriately for the weather conditions. This is particularly important during the winter or at any time when weather is experiencing extremes. Rain, snow, and ice are particularly problematic for drivers. During extreme weather conditions such as these, a person should allow themselves enough extra time to take it slow and reach their destination. Speeding should be avoided to prevent spin-outs, skidding, or sliding. Use caution when it is extremely cold, as water can turn to ice, making roads slick and dangerous. In some cases, ice may not be recognizable and can cause one to unexpectedly lose control of their vehicle. Other tips for driving in bad weather include turning on headlights for visibility and allowing space, at least six seconds' worth, between cars. This is important, as stopping distances are as much as three times longer on wet surfaces. At the start of the season, check the car's windshield wipers, battery, and antifreeze. It is also a good idea to keep an emergency kit in the vehicle in the event that the car should stop or get stuck. The best way to stay safe during extremely severe weather conditions is to stay off the roads altogether if possible.