What can I do to be a better driver?

Safe driving is a responsibility of all Alabama motorists. Accordingly, taking the steps to be a better driver is important, whether you’ve just started driving or consider yourself a seasoned pro. Business Insider offers the following tips to drivers in search of ways to improve their skills.

Read up on the rules

Even people who’ve been driving for a long time can use a refresher in terms of rules. That’s why taking a driver’s ed course is a good idea for drivers no matter your skill level. This will reacquaint you with the traffic regulations you may have forgotten about as well as clue you in to any updates you’ve missed. Taking a driver’s safety course can also help bring down your insurance premiums in some cases.

Keep distractions at bay

Distracted driving is a growing concern all over the nation. While most people are aware of the dangers of texting and driving (especially for new drivers), very few actually take the steps to curb use of mobile devices behind the wheel. There are other types of distractions you should be aware of, including changing radio stations, talking with passengers, and eating while driving. When driving distracted you’re less likely to respond appropriately should the unexpected occur.

Be aware of your surroundings

Even if you’re driving without distractions you may lack situational awareness, which entails scanning the road in all directions to better anticipate the maneuvers of other drivers. It’s recommended that you look at least two car lengths to ensure you’re fully aware of your surroundings. This is especially important when sharing the road with motorcycles, which can easily slip into your vehicle’s blind spot without you realizing it.

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