Tips for Staying Safe Behind the Wheel

Tips For Staying Safe Behind The Wheel  | Spirit Lake, IA

Staying alert and focused is important while driving. Follow these tips for staying safe behind the wheel to increase your safety when you get behind the wheel.

Check Your Mirrors

Before you start out, take the time to check the position of your seat and mirrors. It’s easy to forget to do this before your regular commute, but checking occasionally is a good idea.

Driving Can Be Tiring

Long commutes can leave you feeling drained and sore. If driving exhausts you, it might be time to add some light cardio exercise to your weekly routine. AARP recommends 30 minutes a day to increase your stamina. Walking at a moderate pace is a good way to accomplish this.

Avoid Multi-tasking

Driving while distracted is dangerous. It is tempted to eat, look for a store on GPS or talk on the phone while you are behind the wheel, but these activities can take your focus off of the road. Minimize distractions and get home safely to your family.

Take a Refresher Course

You may have learned to drive many years ago, but that doesn’t mean you can polish those skills a bit. Many insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who take safety classes. There are also monitors available to help increase your awareness of unsafe driving behaviors.

If you’re looking for a vehicle that can help you stay safe on the road, check out the advanced driver-assist features on the models in our inventory. Our friendly team of seasoned sales associates would be happy to show you the latest innovations when you schedule a test drive.

We Are Thankful for Safety in Our Cars

Thankful For Safety | Ford SUV Safety Features In Iowa

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, there are a lot of things we are thankful for. However, as a car dealership, we are particularly thankful for safety. Here are five modern safety features we love having in our vehicles.

  1. Adaptive Cruise Control. While basic cruise control was great, adaptive cruise control is even better. Most systems will automatically adjust to the speed of the surrounding traffic and will even come to a complete stop, if needed.
  2. All-Wheel Drive. Modern all-wheel drive systems are smart and sophisticated. They can detect changes in traction in fractions of a second to send power to the wheels that need it most. This feature is particularly helpful during Iowa winters.
  3. Automatic Emergency Braking. Systems like this have the potential to avoid or at least reduce the severity of a front-end collision, which could potentially save lives. We all get distracted sometimes and this feature can act as a safeguard.
  4. Rearview Camera. All new cars come standard with a rearview camera. This camera lets you see what is behind while you back up, so you don’t accidentally drive over something.
  5. Blind Spot Warning. Even the most diligent drivers can’t account for things they don’t see. All cars have blind spots and a blind spot warning lets you know when another vehicle is hiding in yours.

Contact us at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, Motor Inn of Algona, Motor Inn of Carroll, Motor Inn of Estherville, or Motor Inn of Knoxville if your vehicle is in need of a service appointment before the holiday travel season begins.