Keep your friends and family safe on the road by following common safe driving tips.
Car insurance is a must have. There’s no way out of driving without car insurance. That will only lead to more legal problems.
All motorists are obligated by law to insure their vehicle and all passengers in case of an auto accident. Your insurance agent will break down exactly what coverage your present policy offers. The time to find out what you will receive in the event of an accident is before, not after.
If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, then your loved ones will be protected through your coverage.
Do not speed. It’s not just your life you’re looking out for but those that that are sharing the road with you as well. The faster you drive, the harder and longer it takes to stop your vehicle (unless, of course, a tree or heavier object “stops” you. And that will most likely end up in death or severe injury).
Obey Speed Limits
Speed limits are determined through extensive research. Driving within the posted speed limit signs will not only prevent encounters with the police, but decrease the severity of damage in case of an actual auto accident.
It is also a good idea to slow down to slightly below the speed limit when the roads are wet. Even brand-new tires have been known to hydroplane in poor conditions.
Pay attention. Pay Attention. Pay Attention. An advice I remembered from a while back: You can, sometime, avoid an accident because you are a better driver than the other party. My family travels on rural roads quite often. It can be an easy drive because there are very few cars. But because there are very few cars, some drivers led their guards down. They get careless, start daydreaming, texting (whatever distracted drivers do) and drive down the middle of the road. If we hadn’t pay close attention and prepared to stop, honk and move way over to the edge of the road, both cars will probably get damaged. Even worse, if speeding is involved…who knows what kind of personal injury may result.
Distracted driving kills thousands of people per year, and some distractions are completely avoidable. Talking or texting on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle is a poor choice. Hands-free devices are now available to help drivers keep both hands on the wheel while communicating with others.
Putting on make-up, changing radio stations or eating that burger can wait.
Strap on that seat belt. By the way, if you have newborns or young children and don’t know how to install safety seats, go to your local fire station, they will help you.
Seat belts are referred to as safety belts for a reason. The National Safety Council points out that using a seat belt reduces the risk of injury during car crashes by 50 percent. Wearing a seat belt before an accident is significantly less uncomfortable than wearing a back brace for months on end.
Buckling up is sometimes easier said than done. Car seat installation can be quite tricky. Fortunately, there are car seat safety inspection stations throughout the nation.
Don’t drink and drive. Don’t get high and drive. Enough said…
Marijuana usage may be legal in more places today than ever, but that does not mean driving impaired is legal or safe. Getting behind the wheel of a car implies that the driver is capable of operating the vehicle safely. Violating this principle jeopardizes the safety of every person in the vicinity.