Has Your Driving Gotten Rusty During COVID? Safety Reminders You Should Know
Any time you return to driving after taking a break from it can be an intimidating experience. As the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been eased across many cities in Florida, many people are venturing out on the road for longer journeys than they have been attempting over the last few months. After all, for many of us driving this year has meant simple trips to get groceries with only an occasional visit to friends or restaurants, if socializing publicly at all. That is all changing at this point and this trend toward increasing numbers of drivers on the road will likely continue with the holidays swiftly approaching. But in addition to making a driver nervous, being rusty behind the wheel also means that it is easy to fall into bad habits. And this obviously isn’t good for drivers experiencing these feelings or for others on the road.
Safety Tips for Hitting the Road After a Hiatus
Fortunately, there are a number of steps that a driver can take after a hiatus on the road to help regain self-confidence behind the wheel. The good news about this is that it will concurrently help you keep yourself and others safe. Implement these safety tips any time you begin driving after a break:
- Check your car to ensure it doesn’t need maintenance
- Preplan your journey and the route that you will take before you head anywhere
- Begin by venturing out at less busy times of day onto side roads that have less traffic
- Start with short trips on roads you are familiar with
- Make sure to avoid distractions while driving – in addition to being illegal in certain contexts, this behavior is dangerous
It is totally normal to feel nervous after being out of the driver’s seat for so long. However, the good news is that practicing your driving skills can only help you sharpen them. Before you know it, you’ll be back to enjoying being out on the road again. And following the steps outlined above can help you ensure that you acclimate yourself as safely as possible and help avoid inadvertently contributing to an accident.
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