At one time we all went through driver ed and to learn how to “drive safely” and some of us might have been through defense driving a time or maybe two?
1. Don’t Speed
This might be a given, and there are speed limits on the roads to remind us of this, but sometimes we are in a hurry, right?
Speeding is the lead cause of vehicle accidents, slow down and help decrease the accidents on the road.
2. Don’t TailGate
If you are following tip #1, maybe this isn’t needed, but here it is anyway. If you are following the vehicle in front of you too close, you decrease the time you have to stop.
What if your phone rings, the car in front of you slams on their brakes… odds are, you rear-end them. The wreck is your fault, now you are in a mess that could’ve been avoided.
3. Stay Off Your Phone
I am not much of a betting man, but I’d bet you have a cell phone… Did I win? Being able to carry a small computer in your hand everywhere you go with social media, and viral cat videos, that can make it hard to put the phone down, but if your eyes are on your phone; you can’t see the road.
Try to keep the phone out of your reach, and if you have Bluetooth in your car if someone calls you can drive with your hands still on the wheel.
4. Pay Attention To Your Surroundings
While you’re driving safely, it doesn’t mean others on the road are. By watching what is going on in front of you, beside you, and even behind you; you could avoid a potential accident.
For example, if the car in front of you brakes, you are stopping, but the car behind you isn’t able to stop, you can move out of their way to avoid the collision.
Of course, if the driver does speed into your car, now you have a potential lawsuit on your hands and it would be best to speak to a car accident attorney after you receive medical attention.
5. Don’t Drink And Drive
Drinking and driving, one is illegal and two will make it a lot harder to keep yourself safe on the road, as well as the cars traveling too.
What might seem like a short drive and you only had a few drinks, could end being a life-changing event for you and someone else, and not in a good way. Call an Uber or get a ride.
We all know what we should be doing while we’re driving, but sometimes it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day, so multitasking can help… just not while driving.
Take your time, be patient, and stay safe!