So, you want to drive more safely?

Five tips to consider that will make you a safer driver.

Our last post focused on protecting your home from potential burglars. There were a lot of comments on the post, and I think I'll expand on the subject more in the near future. I hope one or two of the tips were easy for you to implement in your home.

In past posts we've discussed why you should stay off your phone while driving and safe winter driving. Today I want to give you five tips to help you be a better, safer driver. Quality auto insurance can help you with the cost of repairs, but I think we would all rather avoid an accident if possible.

Stop Eating:

Sneaking breakfast in the car on the way to work might seem like a time-saver, but eating behind the wheel can be extremely dangerous, not mention messy.

Get Eight Hours:

Getting behind the wheel without getting enough sleep can be extremely dangerous. Pulling over to a rest area for a quick nap can prevent an accident, and maybe even save your life.

Take Deep Breaths:

Driving can be frustrating. Bad traffic, worse drivers, some jerk who won't let you merge... But road rage leads to bad decisions, and bad decisions lead to accidents.

Turn it Down:

Loud music isn't just bad for your hearing, it can also drown out important road noises- like car horns and sirens.

Avoid Bad Weather:

Rain, snow, sleet - they all make driving a little more hazardous. When the weather is really bad try and avoid non-essential driving until after the weather clears up.

I hope these five tips get you to think about your driving habits, and maybe consider some changes that might benefit you. Please share any additional tips you may have in the comment section below.

The bitterness of poor coverage lingers long after the sweet price is forgotten.

Joe Urvina is an insurance agent located in Gig Harbor, WA.

Twitter - @UrvinaInsurance
(253) 858-5881

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Damon Adams March 05, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Worst offense is talking/texting on your cell phone. I don't care if you have a hands free one you are still distracted. People don't get this and law enforcement doesn't monitor this at all.


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