1. Before you start your engine, make sure the warning lights are all off, such as gas line, engline coolant, engine light, tire pressure light. These are simple ways to check that your car has no problems for driving.
2. Keep a watchful eye. Use “peripheral vision”, which is seeing everything at once by focusing above a single point. Try remembering all the car around you on both sides of the road. Constantly check your rear-view mirror and try to judge every cars speed. Knowing where everyone is and how they drive will help you decide who to stay away from and where to go when the time calls for it.
3. Check blind spots before you change lanes. There’s always random side-streets and parking areas where people can just pull out without you noticing. Check blindspots before you move in the next lane.
4. Stay out of other people’s blind spots. When you are driving side-by-side with another car, or just slightly behind, it is the most dangerous position to be in. People sometimes are very oblivious to their surroundings and when you are in their blind spot, they do not see you, and can potentially change lanes without noticing you, thus causing accidents.
5. Look both ways before you enter an intersection, even if you have a green light. Not everyone pays attentions. Big accidents are usually caused by someone not doing what they are suppose to do, including stopping at a red light.
6. Do not step on the brakes in a sudden manner. Many times, you may step on the brakes suddenly where there is someone else behind you that may rear end you. Consider stepping on the brakes 1 or 2 times before the actually hard braking to give those behind you a heads up.
7. Use your signal lights BEFORE you change lanes. When you use your signal lights, you are also warning everyone that you want to change lanes. They will slow down, speed up, or stop the car to let you pass.
8. Keep your distance. Keep distance with who is in front of you, as well as who is behind you. Although someone hitting you from behind isn’t your fault, it is painful and troublesome to get into accidents no matter who is right or wrong.
9. Think a few steps ahead. If you need to make a left turn at the next light, and you are on the furthest right lane. Try to take your lanes earlier so you do not make sudden movements that will startle the drivers around you.
10. Be decisive in what you are doing when you are driving. If you going to do something, do it, do not hesitate. Hesitation confuses people. For example, if you intend on switching to the left lane, and half way through your lane change, you decide to change your mind, it is advised that you complete your initial intention, and then after you have fully entered the other lane, then look for the next opportunity to go back to the other lane.