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Driving: Are You Out of Practice?

Out of practice driving

Have you taken a break from driving? Maybe its coronavirus-related. Or, it could be due to a medical condition, age, or many other factors. Suffice it to say, a break has been taken, but now it is time to get back on the road.

If you have not been behind the wheel of a car for an extended period of time, you may be a little nervous, over cautious and uncomfortable. Here are some reminders to help you get back on the road safely.


Driving Safety Tips

Before getting out and driving, just sit behind the wheel. If your break was due to a physical condition, such as a hip replacement or a broken leg, you may need to practice getting in and out of the car and just sitting before taking the car for a spin.

Make sure your car is in good condition and clean. Check things like the brake fluid, gas levels and tire pressure. Consider having a tune-up done to take care of any needed or unknown repairs.

Take time to ensure everything is adjusted to your body, such as side and rear-view mirrors, seat belts, the seat itself and the steering column.

Watch your speed. During the coronavirus quarantine, the roads were less congested making it easier to get around but also easier for drivers to press the accelerator a little harder and speed. As you get on the road, you may be a little more cautious. This hesitancy combined with speeders on the road can lead to serious accidents.

Start with shorter trips. This can help you get comfortable with traffic and being behind the wheel again.

Drive during off-peak traffic hours and on familiar roads such as residential streets where the pace and speed are slower.

Drive during the daytime. This will be much easier because you won’t be straining to see in fading light.

Limit distractions. Distractions cause accidents. Turn off your phone or put it in “do not disturb” mode. Do not eat anything or do things such as brush your hair or apply make-up. Pay attention to what is happening on the road.

Limit the number of passengers. Having others in the car with you is distracting.

Be safe and enjoy getting back out on the road.


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