Accidents happen everyday, and sometimes, no matter how careful we are, it is impossible to avoid one of those accidents. When we get into our cars, we never expect to experience an accident that may not only ruin our day, but cause extensive injury and medical issues we may have to deal with for years to come.
Practicing safe driving is something we all must do every time we get into our cars, whether we are simply driving to the grocery store down the street or taking a road trip across the country. To help you avoid accidents, here are five of the top road safety tips all drivers should abide by.
Distractions can come in many forms. We may hear our phone go off, be looking for a good song on the radio, or even see a billboard that catches our attention. Simple distractions occur almost every second that you are behind the wheel, which is why it is extra important to try to avoid these distractions while the car is in drive. Consider putting your cell phone in the back seat so you cannot reach it or creating a playlist you want to listen to before you get into the car.
Take Care of Your Car
It’s imperative that all drivers keep their cars in top condition. In addition to regular oil changes and tire rotations, drivers should also pay attention to small inconsistencies they may notice and take their car in when something doesn’t feel right. Avoiding caring for your car could lead to break downs on a busy street, the loss of important functions and other hazards that cause serious accidents.
Wear Your Seat Belt
This is something we hear all the time when we are younger, and while this is common sense for the majority of drivers, it has also been witnessed that many adult drivers actually fail to put on their seatbelt while driving. Always wear your seatbelt to avoid additional injuries should an accident occur, and ensure that all passengers also have their seatbelts fastened before starting the car.
Don’t Drive Under Bad Circumstances
Drinking while driving is a common and dangerous mistake that many people make, but there are other symptoms someone may have that should also prevent them from getting behind the wheel. If you are overtired and drowsy, taking a new medication, or feeling under the weather, it is usually best to avoid driving. Similarly, if the weather is bad or the traffic is heavy, consider delaying your journey until conditions lighten.
Follow the Rules of the Road
Sticking to the speed limit, following road signs, and keeping a good distance between you and the vehicle in front of you are all important aspects of driving that can help you avoid accidents.
If you have been involved in an accident, contact the attorneys at Stewart & Stewart. Give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.