With average temperatures of above 100 degrees in the foreseeable future, the technicians at Virginia Auto Service—one of the notable auto repair shops in Phoenix—thought it would be helpful to provide tips for driving safely in Arizona. Whether in the Tucson or Phoenix metropolitan areas or in the desert, we as drivers have split second decisions to make that could leave an impact on our safety, that of our passengers, and of other drivers. Here are ten tips for driving safely in Arizona:
1.) Prevent emotional driving for it can lead to accidents. It’s not just road rage. Emotional driving can also mean driving while distracted, sad, stressed or exhausted. With vehicles now personalized with cell phones, iPods and GPS devices, it’s a miracle anyone can get anywhere without an accident. Easy access to friends and family can lead to emotional conversations while driving. In the article How Emotions Affect Driving from DMV.org, it is suggested that drivers should pull over to gather their thoughts and emotions before returning to the road.
2.) Pull the vacation over. Parents a generation ago would pull the car to the side of the road when the kids started acting up. They threatened, “Don’t make me pull this vacation over,” which didn’t always work to quiet the disturbance. We suggest the same for our modern-day version of distracted driving—to actually pull the over when making or taking a call, texting, eating, drinking, and disciplining children or any combination of these.
3.) Stock up on water and snacks before hitting the road even if you’re only driving across a metropolitan area like Tucson or Phoenix AZ. A bottle of drinkable water can save you and your car in the heat of the summer.
4.) Get a GPS that gives you spoken directions rather than fumbling with maps or reading directions on a device. If you are reading, then you are not looking at the road. Save yourself and others by investing on a quality GPS. Many cell phone service providers offer it as an add-on to their standard plans.
5.) Buckle Up! If we were to teach children only one thing about vehicles, it should be that they need to buckle up when they are in the car. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 10-19 according to BuckleUpAmerica.org. Children who see adults buckling up are more likely to buckle up and save their own lives in an accident.
6.) You’re not #1 if you’re giving other drivers the #1 common hand signal of irritated people. Honking and yelling aren’t the best use of time while stuck in traffic either. We can’t control the traffic, only how we react to it. If you’re that fired up, pull over and take some deep breaths to calm down before returning to the road.
7.) Traffic laws weren’t invented for all drivers except you. Safety starts with you when you get into your car, buckle up and obey traffic laws. Signal when changing lanes.
Don’t weave in and out of traffic; you may actually slow down your pace by doing this. Treat yellow lights as red and remember to look for pedestrians in populated areas. You could save a life.
8.) Accidents: Unless you’re in it, there is no need for you to slow your vehicle and traffic by taking a look. You’re more likely to cause another accident than help in any way.
9.) School zones aren’t optional. In the Phoenix area, cops mean business in school zones. They have been known to hide just to catch drivers rolling through school zone stop signs or going over the designated speed limit. Not only is it the law, but you could hurt children on their way to school.
10.) It says STOP, not PAUSE. Stop signs are not there to make your life inconvenient. They exist to control the flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. This is why it is important to come to a complete stop.
If you’re looking for a Phoenix auto repair shop, Virginia Auto Service can help. Just give this very reliable car repair service in Phoenix AZ a call at 602-266-0200 or set a schedule online at http://www.virginiaautoservice.com. Be careful out there!