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10 Driving Tips and Tricks for Informed Drivers

Man in blue car smiling and giving a thumbs upWhether you’re looking for ways to save fuel or to better protect yourself behind the wheel, there are many helpful driving tips.

Here are 10 of the best driving tips and tricks to help you be a more informed and better-prepared driver.

Semi Insights

From I-20 to I-35, semi trucks are a common sight across all Texas highways. If you’re in a traffic jam, pay attention to the lanes 18-wheelers are in; they generally communicate with other truck drivers on their radios to let each other know which lanes to avoid.

Exit Signs

When you’re looking for an exit and you’re in an unfamiliar area, pay attention to the position of the sign, whether on the left or right side of the road. The sign will be on the same side the exit is on.

Fuel Gauge

Whether it’s a rental you’re driving or a new vehicle, it’s easy to inadvertently pull up to a gas pump with  your gas tank on the opposite side.

Fuel gauge 1/4 full with gas pump symbol and arrow indicating gas tank on left


To help save time and the embarrassment of having to turn the vehicle around, look for the fuel gauge symbol on the dashboard. An arrow will point to which side of the vehicle the gas tank is on, helping you choose the right pump the first time.

Ditch the Air Fresheners

As an alternative to strong and pricey car air fresheners, keep an open box of fabric softener sheets in your vehicle. It will keep your vehicle smelling fresh for less money and for a long time.

Remembering Where You Parked

Whether you’re parking in an unfamiliar place in downtown Tyler or downtown Austin, it can be easy to forget where you parked your car.

Simply open the GPS on your phone and “drop a pin” (hold your finger on the current location and save the location). This will enable you to find the exact location of your vehicle.

Position Your Side Mirrors Correctly

If you can see a big portion of the side of your vehicle in each of your side mirrors, your mirrors aren’t positioned correctly.

To minimize your blind spots, you must correctly position your side mirrors in such a way that you can barely see the edge of your vehicle.

Filling Up the Gas Tank

When you’re pumping gas, hold or set the pump’s lever half-way. This will reduce the amount of air that enters your tank and you’ll get more gas for your money.

Cool Off a Hot Vehicle

Texans know all about hot vehicles, especially during the summer. To quickly cool off your vehicle, roll one window down all the way. Then, walk to the other side of the car and open and close the door multiple times.

The flow will force the hot air out and help cool down your vehicle.

More Space Between Vehicles

To save on fuel economy, put more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. You can coast to a stop instead of slamming on the brakes, which uses more fuel.

The Key to Your Keys

If your keys are heavy, you can damage the ignition switch by weighing it down too much. Keep your car keys separate or very light to protect the ignition switch.

Other Driving Tips

These driving tips will help you become a more informed and better prepared driver. Here are some other tips to keep in mind when behind the wheel:

  • Never text/talk and drive
  • Never eat and drive
  • Always keep your eyes on the road
  • If you feel drowsy, pull over and rest
  • Keep both hands on the wheel


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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact the Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas for a free consultation. We’re dedicated to providing you with the best legal counsel in East Texas.