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Must-Know Tips To Drive Safer and Park Smarter

Must-Know Tips To Drive Safer and Park Smarter | Hometown Tire and Auto

Safe navigation of the roads and mastery of the art of smart parking are essential skills for every driver. In our fast-paced world, where the streets are busier than ever and parking spaces seem to shrink by the day. This means that being adept at both can save you time and money and ensure your safety and that of others. 

Stay Focused and Eliminate Distractions

Multitasking is a norm, but driving demands your undivided attention. Distractions, especially from smartphones, are a leading cause of accidents on the road. Always keep your phone on silent or use a hands-free setting if you must be reachable. 

Remember, a message or call that takes your attention away from the road for even a few seconds can have dire consequences.

Understand and Use Your Vehicle's Safety Features

Modern vehicles come equipped with an array of safety features, from anti-lock braking systems (ABS) to advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) like lane-keeping assists and automatic emergency braking. 

Familiarize yourself with these technologies and use them to your advantage. However, don't become overly reliant on them; they are there to assist, not replace, your judgment and driving skills.

Regular Vehicle Maintenance: The Key to Safe Driving

A well-maintained vehicle is less likely to encounter mechanical failures that could lead to accidents. Regular checks and maintenance of tires, brakes, lights, and engine performance are essential. Ensure your vehicle is serviced according to the manufacturer's recommendations and that any issues are addressed promptly to keep your car reliable on the road.

Master the Art of Defensive Driving

Defensive driving involves being aware of your surroundings, anticipating the actions of other drivers, and being prepared for the unexpected. Always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, be cautious at intersections, and be wary of blind spots.

Parking with Precision

When it comes to parking, the choice of spot can make all the difference. Opt for a space that is well-lit and close to your destination if possible. Avoid parking too close to other vehicles to reduce the risk of dings and scratches. When using a parking garage, remember to park in reverse where possible; this makes it easier to leave the spot safely when you return.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

Technology can be a valuable ally in both driving and parking. GPS and navigation apps can help you find the best routes, avoiding traffic jams and hazardous conditions. For parking, numerous apps can guide you to available parking spots, some even allowing you to reserve a space in advance. 

Additionally, consider installing a dashcam in your vehicle for added security and evidence in case of an incident.

Know the Basics of Emergency Response

Despite all precautions, emergencies can happen. Knowing how to respond can significantly impact the outcome. Always have an emergency kit in your car, know basic roadside assistance techniques, and ensure you have the necessary contacts handy (e.g., roadside assistance, insurance provider). In case of an accident, prioritize safety and follow the proper procedures for reporting the incident.

The team at Hometown Tire and Auto is here to help with all of your vehicle-related repair and maintenance - from simple tasks to complex repairs - we do it all.

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