How to Be a Better Driver

be a better driver

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be? This month is recognized as National Self Improvement Month, so it’s an ideal time to work on your goals. If you can’t think of anything you want to improve upon, we suggest your driving skills. We can all take some time to learn how to be a better driver. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Learn how to merge. While this may seem like a straightforward simple thing to do, there is actually a better way to do it. It is called the zipper merge and is best used when merging together two lanes on a highway, like in a construction zone. Drivers in alternate lanes take turning merging together like a zipper.
  • Practice parking. Nobody likes a bad parker—one that blocks two spaces or squeezes in so close the neighboring car can’t open its doors. Learn how to properly park, both parallel and perpendicular, or take advantage of automatic parking features on your car.
  • Put your hands on the wheel. We have all heard that we should keep our hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel. However, new guidelines show that 9 and 3 or 8 and 4 are much better at maintaining control.
  • Get rid of distractions. Put your phone away while you drive and don’t eat or do anything that takes your attention away from the road.

If you put these tips into practice, your bad driving habits may soon be a thing of the past.  If you want to learn more about the safety features in a Mazda car, stop by Mazda of Lake Charles today!

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