Driving Safety Tips After Taking a Break Due to Lockdown

 

After a long break from school or work, you’re about to resume some semblance of normalcy, complete with a mask and social distancing. You’re also going to discover the greatest silver lining of quarantine: no commute.

Now that you’re back on the road, you might be surprised by how rusty your driving skills have become. Keep these auto safety tips in mind as you once again get behind the wheel:

Review Your Vehicle’s Maintenance

If your car has been sitting in the garage for several months, you’ve likely acquired a case of ‘lot rot,’ in which a lack of miles contributes to a variety of maintenance concerns.

Batteries are often the first mechanisms to suffer, although you might also see issues with your brakes. Don’t forget to check the tire pressure before you hit the road. If you feel comfortable bringing your car in for an oil change, do so. Many locations offer limited-contact solutions worth checking out.

Plan Your Route

Construction projects or new traffic patterns may have altered your typical route. Google Maps or Waze can help, but adjusting these apps on the go could prove dangerous. Instead, look up your commute in advance to determine whether you need to make adjustments.

Learn to Control Road Rage

You might notice that you have a lot less patience for traffic now that you’re used to staying home. Issues that you once took for granted cause more frustration these days.

  • Develop strategies to help you keep a clear head when other drivers annoy you.
  • Focus on your breathing.
  • If necessary, create a calming playlist for when your temper takes over.

If you were harmed by somebody’s road-based negligence, contact Regan Zambri Long PLLC to learn how you can get the justice you deserve.