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How can I be a better driver?

It’s important for Upper Marlboro drivers to adhere to safe driving practices. However, even seasoned drivers neglect important points from time to time, either by behaving carelessly or failing to follow the pertinent rules and regulations. Business Insider offers the following tips, which can help drivers both new and old.

Be aware of your surroundings

The value of situational awareness can’t be overstated when driving. You must be fully aware of your surroundings to mitigate the risk of accidents or injuries from occurring, whether you bear responsibility or not. Think of your driving area as a zone that extends two car lengths in all directions. By being aware of your surroundings you’ll be able to react more effectively when faced with an unexpected situation.

Prevent distractions

Driver distractions range from texting behind the wheel to carrying on a conversation with your passengers. All types distractions are dangerous, although when texting and driving you face the greatest risk because all of your faculties will be occupied by your mobile device. Your best bet is to turn off your phone until you reach your destination, or in the very least put it on do not disturb. Also be wary of other types of distractions, no matter how seemingly harmless they may be.

Know the rules (and follow them)

It can be tempting to disregard the rules of the road if you’ve been driving for a very long time. However, these rules are in place to protect you, other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and anyone else on the road that time. If you need a refresher, consider taking a driver’s ed course to reacquaint yourself of the rules. You can also pick up a new manual from your local driver’s license center to read up on the subject on your own.

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