Got your first car? Ready to take to the roads? Before you hightail it to your destination, take some time to familiarize yourself with these three aspects you should be aware of. Many newbie drivers are not prepared for these eventualities… Are you?
- The high likelihood of accidents.
According to Tenn and Tenn, a car accident attorney, “The State of New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency [states] about 110 people are killed each year in car accidents in the state. In recent years, as many as 40 percent of these fatal car accidents were alcohol related. The families of people killed in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence have the right to hold the offending driver responsible.” A sobering thought. While we typically think that car accidents are something that happens to other people. Forbes and various car insurance companies tell us that on average drivers will get into car accidents once per 17 years.
Being a safe driver is sometimes not enough to keep accidents at bay. You could be keeping all the rules, but be unlucky enough to be near someone who is not. Or it could be weather conditions that cause a slip and slide. Being prepared for accidents to happen involves driving safe plus having insurance and knowing who to call in case of an accident.
- Road rage.
We see it on TV and in movies, but experiencing road rage or being on the receiving end of it changes your perception of it entirely. The thing to know? Most everyone is susceptible. DMV.org defines road rage as aggressiveness stemming from anger over the actions of another driver. This could lead to verbal abuse, or in some cases, physical altercations. The beginnings of road rage, however, are much closer to home. Being in a bad mood as you get into your car is an often overlooked but common culprit.
When you are in an emotionally heightened state, other people’s poor driving choices can affect you on a deeper level than on normal days. Guard against road rage by not allowing yourself to drive when you are feeling overly emotional. Understand that your emotions can affect your driving ability and do what you can to keep focused and calm while behind the wheel. Emotional driving has the same driving effect as distracted driving and should be guarded against.
- Car costs.
Outside of purchasing a home or paying rent, your car is the next most expensive purchase most buyers make. The real surprise that newbie drivers are in for is that the costs continue each month and do not stop. If you got a loan to buy your car, there are the monthly loan payments. And then add to that taxes, maintenance, insurance, and your fuel bill. What kind of yearly or monthly total should you expect? If your car is on the small end, expect to pay about $6,729 annually, or about $561 monthly. If your car is a larger sedan, that bill goes up to $885 a month, or $10,624 yearly.
Do you have a plan to keep car costs low? Some ideas include learning how to take care of the simple range of car repairs. This includes changing tires, checking your oil levels, etc. YouTube tutorials can get you up to speed on several of these duties quickly. And in one case even helped a driver save thousands of dollars in repair work. There are other ways to save, too. Make sure that your insurance package is a good deal by calling around and seeing what type of offers other insurance companies provide. Package deals could help bring your total costs down by as much as 10 percent. And there are various car driving tips that can shave off fuel consumption. Such as turning the engine off instead of idling. And not running the engine to warm up the vehicle in winter.