Become a Better Driver 

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Your Guide to Becoming a Better Driver

The auto insurance rates that are available to you are based, in large part, on your driving record. So if you want the creme de la crop of car insurance quotes, you may have to work on improving your driving history.

Luckily, there are several things that you can do to become a better driver and therefore open the world of cheap car insurance quotes.

Ditch the Bad Driving Habits

We all have bad habits, but for the sake of your car insurance quote, you don’t want to have bad habits behind the wheel. For that reason, you’ll want to start cutting out very common driving mistakes from your day-to-day life. That means no more rolling stops, no more neglecting your turn signal, and no more searching for songs on your mobile phone while you’re driving.

Sometimes pieces of advice like this can feel cliche, but the reason they are so often stated is because they prevent accidents. Being distracted when you drive can lead to major accidents, and not giving a fellow driver the proper warnings may not give them enough time to react to your movements.

Refresh Yourself on Driving Laws and Regulations

As much as we would all like to believe that we know all there is to know about driving rules and regulations, sometimes they can get a bit fuzzy over time. So if you’re looking to become a better driver, you may want to start by refreshing yourself on the basic laws around driving. Doing so will help keep you safe, but it will also help you avoid tickets and driving citations. For example, although you may be able to safely pass a car when passing over a double yellow line, you shouldn’t. It’s against the law and could lead to a hefty fine.

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Consider Taking a Defensive Driving Course

We know. Taking a defensive driving course probably isn’t your favorite idea.

In some cases, you may need to enroll in a defensive driving course if you receive a ticket for a moving violation. That’s beneficial for getting points removed from your license, but a defensive driving course shouldn’t only be viewed as a punishment. When taken voluntarily, it can be a great way to become a better driver and possibly reduce car insurance rates.

At a defensive driving course, you’ll get a refresher on all the driving laws that you probably haven’t looked at since your high school driving test. You’ll also get a crash course on the do’s and don’ts of safe driving. Some insurance companies even give out a discount for taking the course because it’ll make it less likely that you find yourself in an accident.

Be Prepared to Drive During Specific Weather Conditions

Unfortunately, we can’t always have ideal driving conditions. Sometimes we’ll be forced to drive in the rain, snow or fog. That’s why it’s important to be knowledgeable on the best practices for driving in certain weather conditions.

For example, do you know what to watch out for when driving in the winter? Hint: You’ll definitely need to slow down, give yourself time to stop and watch for ice. Likewise, you’ll need to know the safety rules for driving in the rain (don’t turn your high beams on) and driving in other situations like fog.

Keep Up with Your Car Maintenance

Car maintenance is one of the most important steps you can take in becoming a better driver. After all, how can you expect to drive safely if your vehicle isn’t working properly? It’s important to stay up to date with oil changes and other maintenance. For example, you’ll also want to be sure your brake lights and tail lights are all working so that you can properly signal to your fellow drivers. Keeping your car up-to-date on its maintenance requirements will help ensure that you can drive safely.

Give It Time

Becoming a better driver will take time. You’ll need to identify and keep the best practices for keeping you safe. It’ll also take time for insurance companies to see your newfound driving habits in your history. So be sure to have patience and you’ll see a difference in your auto insurance quotes.

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