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How to safely operate an SUV on Texas roads

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2017 | SUV Accidents

Driving an SUV is much different than driving a regular motor vehicle. SUVs are higher, narrower and more susceptible to rollovers than regular cars. Knowing how to handle an SUV properly will keep you safe when driving on the roads of Houston, Texas.

If you are new to driving an SUV, it is a good idea to learn how to drive the vehicle prior to hitting the main roads. This can be done by taking the SUV on a test drive before purchase. You can also learn how to safely operate an SUV by driving with a family member who has one. They can teach you proper braking, turning and other safety techniques to prevent rollovers or accidents.

Utilize your mirrors as much as possible. Many SUVs are equipped with tinted side and rear windows, which might make it difficult to see other vehicles next to you or behind you. Using the mirrors will help you see other traffic and potential dangers when driving the SUV.

Never make sudden turns or stops when operating an SUV. Sharp or sudden turns can lead to a rollover, one of the scariest accidents in Texas. Know the road you are traveling and try to anticipate when turns will be made or when you will need to stop. You can avoid sudden stops by leaving plenty of distance between your SUV and the vehicles in front of you.

As with all other vehicles, never operate an SUV while using a cellphone. This includes talking, texting, writing emails, watching videos and more. Distracted driving is not just using a cellphone while behind the wheel. It also includes eating, drinking, shaving, doing your makeup, reading a newspaper, changing the radio stations and talking with passengers.

Maintain your SUV on a regular basis. Make sure the tires are in good shape prior to a long-distance trip. Change the oil every 3,000 miles and do not let any repair issues linger.

Visit our website today to learn more about SUV accidents and how you can avoid them in Houston, Texas.


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