How to Be a Good Driver

It's a widely known fact that the world's population continues to expand at a healthy clip. More people equates to more drivers clogging up the highways and byways of the planet. Car accidents happen sometimes, but they don't have to be part of your driving experience. Avoid a majority of car crashes by staying alert, focused and resisting the distractions that are a large part of modern life.

Things You'll Need

  • License
  • Car
  • Be alert. One of the most important aspects of driving is being in an alert, attentive state. Avoid driving if you are drowsy or overly tired, as you may be taking your life into your own hands. If you have to drive when you feel tired, drink coffee or some other type of stimulant to help keep you awake. If you are driving a long distance and feel tired, pull over and take a short nap on the side of the road somewhere safe. It should go without saying, but one should never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Don't drive distracted. We live in a world where constant demands for our attention occurs from cell phones, computers, texting, twittering, checking our online social networks or just surfing the Internet. None of these things should be done while driving. If you have to talk on the phone, use a hands free setup and do not ever text or use the Internet while driving. Car accidents happen in the blink of an eye and that second that your eyes are off the road could lead to tragedy.

  • Be aware of the cars around you. Do not tailgate, even if the person in front of you is going slowly. If they have to slow down or suddenly slam on their brakes, you may find the front of your car in their trunk. Keep an eye on cars behind you and to the side. If someone is tailgating you, politely press on the brakes -- don't slam on them -- to let them know. If they persist in creating a dangerous situation, pull over and let them by. Obviously, they need to get somewhere so quickly that they are willing to risk their lives. If you see any cars weaving or driving erratically, avoid them. Don't just pay attention to the cars near you. Look as far ahead as you can.

  • Obey traffic laws and speed limits. It's one thing to drive in a spirited manner, but if you start driving recklessly by speeding excessively and cornering as fast as you can, you may find yourself in a situation suddenly beyond your control. While speed limits may seem annoying at times, they're there for a reason.

  • Take good care of your car. One of the responsibilities that come with having a license and being a good driver is the proper maintenance of your vehicle. Make sure that the tire pressures are correct, as this can affect the handling and stability of your car, particularly at higher speeds. Also ensure your tires themselves as well as key safety components such as brakes are in good shape.

  • Relax. For many people, driving can be fraught with fear and stress. Don't hold the wheel with a death grip, accelerate and brake smoothly and enjoy driving your car.