Even if you have been driving for decades, it does not hurt to refresh yourself on ways to lower your overall risk of getting into an auto accident. An occasional reminder can prove instrumental in keeping your vehicle, and your nerves, intact.

DriveSafe Online breaks down several tips for accident avoidance. See which are new pieces of advice that you may not have heard in all your years of driving.

Resist the temptation to drive distracted 

While you may know the dangers of distracted driving, you may struggle to resist the temptation that driving distracted presents. If so, consider buying a simple GPS navigation system so that you do not have to rely on your phone for directions. Storing your phone in the glove compartment while driving can help you stay focused, as can using apps that block you from texting while behind the wheel.

Take a defensive driving course

Look into taking a defensive driving course to become a safer driver. Not only do such courses make you a more knowledgeable driver, but they can also lower your insurance premiums. You can use the money you save on the GPS navigation system mentioned above. Defensive driving courses also refresh your knowledge of Texas’s driving regulations and laws.

Pay attention to your driving distance

The next time you drive behind another vehicle, take note of the distance between the two of you. Allowing a following distance of at least two seconds is ideal, as doing so gives you time and room to brake safely. Increase your following distance further while driving at high speeds on the highway or interstate.

Do your part to prevent avoidable car accidents. Keeping the above suggestions in mind can help you, and everyone else on the road, stay safe.