How to Stay Alert When Driving a Car

Driving a car can be a fun, exciting and rewarding experience. However, it is important to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings when you are behind the wheel.


Many automakers have already developed automated systems that can help drivers reduce their workload, such as adaptive cruise control or lane-keeping assist. But none of these technologies are so reliable that you can let go of the steering wheel for a moment and not worry about your safety.

Controlling the vehicle

Driving a car is a complex task that requires many cognitive abilities. In addition to the normal skills of visual perception, concentration and attention, drivers need to use a variety of other brain functions such as estimating future events from present information.

The control system of a vehicle is quite complicated and is made up of multiple sensors in the steering wheel, wheels and brakes that monitor each axis of motion and react accordingly to ensure your vehicle stays on track. This helps keep you safe on the road and prevents accidents from happening in the first place.

As you become more experienced, the controls get easier to use. You also start to notice things around you that may not be visible to the naked eye, such as cars coming up from behind. These clues are important as they give you time to adjust your speed or lane position.

Another useful tool in your driver’s toolkit is the stability control system, which helps keep your car on track and keeps you from spinning out of control. It uses a number of different sensors and computer algorithms to determine the intentions of your car’s motion, versus its actual motion.

If you’re able to do the math, stability control can make a difference between a smooth ride and a scary one! Stability control can also save you money on repairs and gas.

In the long run, it will make you feel safer on the roads and help avoid the countless gruelling hours of a frustrating drive. It will even save your life if you ever find yourself in an accident.

The best way to control your car is to focus all of your attention on the task at hand, which is safely and efficiently maneuvering the vehicle around the road. This involves keeping your hands securely on the wheel, concentrating on the road ahead and maintaining a steady speed. It also includes avoiding distractions such as eating, drinking, operating mobile phones to take calls or send texts, programming a Sat Nav type device and other activities that can compromise your driving abilities.

Driving in the right lane

Driving in the right lane is important to keep you and other road users safe. Whether you are in a busy city or in the countryside, it’s always a good idea to stick to the lane that you are in. If you move to another lane, be sure that it is clear of other vehicles and that you have enough space for your vehicle to fit.

It’s not always easy to stay in the center of the lane, especially when you’re going around a curve or turning a corner. But if you follow the simple tips, you can keep your vehicle centered and avoid accidents on the road.

The first tip is to look at the horizon ahead of your car. This will help you to see what is in front of your car and will also give you an idea of where your vehicle is in the lane.

This is important because if you focus on the road in front of you, it’s easy to drift off your lane center. You need to keep looking at the horizon ahead of you and focusing on the landmarks that are there, like sign boards or traffic signals, to ensure that your vehicle is still in the center of the lane.

In addition, you should always check the side mirrors and your blind spot before changing lanes, even if you signal early to indicate your intentions. This will help you to avoid swerving into oncoming traffic and possibly causing a collision.

If you are traveling on a highway, it’s important to stay in the right lane until you have passed other cars or you are ready to make a left turn. In the case of a multi-lane road, it’s advisable to drive as close to the right-hand curb as possible to ensure you have adequate space when you want to move into the next lane.

The right lane is the slowest and is usually the most sheltered lane on a highway. It’s the simplest to navigate and is the best place to get out of the way of oncoming traffic.

Making a left turn

A left turn can be a tricky thing to do, and it can even be downright dangerous, especially in busy areas. However, if you know what to look out for and how to make a safe left turn you can avoid getting into an accident.

You must always check your mirrors, signal and position your car before making a left turn. You must also prepare for pedestrians, cyclists and cars that may be parked near the junction as you will need to give way to all of these.

Often when you are making a left turn, there will be warning signs to let other drivers know that you are turning. If there isn’t a sign, then you should look for gaps in trees, houses or hedges that might indicate a left turn is ahead.

Establish whether the left turn is open or closed (see images above). You will need to decide an appropriate speed and gear for making the turn if it’s narrow and closed. This will usually be 2nd gear and around 10-15 mph, but if it’s wide and open you can take the turn in 1st gear and about 5 mph.

If you’re going to be turning left onto a one-way road, then you will need to enter the right lane to make the turn. This can sometimes be difficult, so if you’re not sure what to do then consult your state’s driver handbook.

A left turn is an important part of driving, so you must be familiar with it. You can find out more about it in our blog post on what makes a good left turn.

Before you make a left turn, you will need to check the left mirror. You should also look into the interior mirror and your left door mirror. If you are unsure, then check the left blind spot in case of cyclists.

The speed of your car will also determine the turning angle. You should position your car to the right of the road before you make the turn, if possible, to allow a wider turning angle. This will help you avoid hitting the kerb and mounting the pavement.


Braking is an important part of driving a car. The way that a driver stops his vehicle depends on several factors.

Firstly, he should have a good understanding of the distance that is required to stop a vehicle. This will depend on many things including the speed of the driver and other vehicles.

In addition to this, he should know the braking capabilities of his vehicle. This will help him to be able to decide when to brake and how hard to brake in order to avoid a collision.

Most modern cars have anti-lock brake systems (ABS) which will prevent your wheels from locking up suddenly. This will help you to avoid skidding during an emergency stop or on wet pavements.

This will also help you to keep your steering wheel straight. If you are unable to steer your car, you will not be able to avoid a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian.

You should apply the brakes carefully and progressively for about two-thirds to three-quarters of the distance that you wish to stop, then ease up on pressure for the last third to a quarter. This technique will help to reduce the wear on your brakes and it will also give you a margin in case you miscalculate or need to stop sooner than you planned.

A skilled driver can also dab – or ‘cadence’ – the brake pedal for maximum stopping power in an emergency. This is an advanced technique that needs considerable practice before being used on the road, and can be dangerous to do in a hurry.

However, it is a necessary skill to learn for all drivers who want to be safe on the road. It can save lives and it only slightly increases the amount of wear on the engine and transmission.

One of the most common errors that people make while driving is to brake too hard when they are trying to stop. This can cause a lot of discomfort to the driver and passengers in the car, as well as making it difficult for them to get out of the vehicle quickly in case of an accident.