Secrets of Defensive Drivers

Posted: Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Whether you’re commuting to work, picking up the kids from school, or heading out on an epic summer road trip, you need to know how to handle yourself safely in a variety of driving situations. That’s why the experts at Green Light Auto Credit have compiled this list of defensive driving tips. Of course, one of the best ways to stay safe is to drive a new vehicle that’s loaded with modern safety systems, so turn to Green Light Auto Credit when you’re ready to finance your next car, truck, or SUV.

Follow these Tips for More Safety

If you follow this advice, you’ll be taking a big step toward keeping you and your family safe when you’re on the road.
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  • Preparation – Difficult weather conditions rarely occur without warning, so be sure to check the weather and leave yourself additional time if necessary. If you’re driving along your regular commuting route, think about the safest way to merge onto the highway.
  • Awareness – Be sure to constantly monitor your mirrors, even when situations seem calm. When you come to an intersection, check all directions before proceeding.
  • Give Them a Brake – Leaving more distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you gives you more time to brake, and if you brake a few seconds before you think you should, you can help avoid a dangerous collision.
  • The Best Defense is No Offense – If an unruly driver is testing your patience, it’s important to keep your cool. Pull over for a few minutes while you regain your composure.

Avoiding Distractions

Drivers these days have more distractions to contend with than ever before, from buzzing smartphones to an increase in bicyclists on the road. Be sure to put away your phone as soon as you get in the car, or consider purchasing a vehicle with Bluetooth connectivity and voice commands. Distracted driving is also a common problem for teen drivers, so be sure to check your next vehicle to see if it has any systems to keep your teen safe.

Finance Your Next Vehicle at Green Light Auto Credit

Once you’ve found a car, truck, or SUV that meets the safety needs of you and your family, get in touch with Green Light Auto Credit. We work with a wide network of dealerships in the St. Louis area and beyond, and unlike in-house lenders, we offer more financing options that will fit your budget. Contact us to get the auto loan process started today!