When we go hunting for abandoned places to photograph taking the road less traveled is pretty much a give in.
Knowing how to drive is one of the best life skills you can have on your side. Driving can be extremely intimidating, especially if you don’t know the area you’re traveling through.
If you’re someone who loves a good road trip, and you don’t mind where in the world you go on one, or you’re someone who’s moved to a new city and needs to get used to the roads around you, this is the post for you. Here’s a few quick ways you can feel a little bit safer travelling down twists and turns you don’t know, and overall just becoming a much more responsible traveller.
Don’t let yourself only react to a situation on the road, and try to plan ahead to make sure you’ve got plenty of time to deal with any upcoming intersections or junctions or even possible pile ups you could see happening if the driver in front doesn’t use their indicator. Always be aware of what’s around you and check your mirrors often; it’d be a good idea to practice this on all roads, even the ones you know well.
Be Aware of Your Position
If you’re a driver, you know the road safety rule of leaving a two second gap between you and someone in front of you. Be extra aware of this if you’re travelling down a road you don’t know. Other drivers can be unpredictable at the best of times, but if you don’t know the typical driving behaviour where you are, look out for bigger gaps you could use. This allows other drivers to overtake you when they need to, and always means you’re never going to be obstructing a road (and you don’t have to worry about that either!).
Know What to Do if a Crash Occurs
Know the roadside procedure ahead of time and you’re going to be much more capable in handling a potential crash. Have all your details in your car as well, and make sure you’re able to communicate with the other driver involved. Sometimes that means writing something down for them to read, or using a quick translation app.
And if you’re someone who doesn’t have a car to drive, and you’re using a smaller vehicle like a bike, make sure you know about specialists who can fight your corner if anything bad occurs. A motorcycle accident lawyer is indispensable in this situation, and having a contingency plan should anything happen to you is one of the best ways to make yourself feel more confident (as long as you keep practicing driving down the roads you don’t know!).
Driving is something a lot of people take on without thinking, but always make sure you’re aware and react to the many hazards that can crop up on roads that you don’t know. Safe and smart!