1) Avoid the “Fast Lane”
Most highway accidents actually occur in the left lane. When given the option, opt for taking the center or right lane, both of which provide better “escape routes” should a problem suddenly arise that requires you to quickly change lanes or pull onto the shoulder.
2) Learn Defensive Driving
Every driver, whether experienced our not, should take a defensive driving course. Doing so will not only make you a safer driver, but it will also lower your insurance costs.
3) Secure Loose Items Inside Your Car
As a commonly overlooked danger, unsecured objects that can be found lying around in cars are the cause of hundreds of injuries every year. Use anchors and/or tethers to secure loose objects in your car, and get in the habit of putting smaller, loose items in the console as opposed to the seat or floor.
4) Use Your Turn Signals
This may seem like common sense, but many drivers tend to get lazy about doing this and cause accidents because of it. Always use your turn signals when turning or changing lanes.
5) Beware of Blind Spots
In addition to your mirrors, get in the habit of actually turning to look directly into the lanes beside you. This can help you to avoid hitting something that may have been left undetected by your mirrors. Be sure to also consider other drivers’ blind spots.
6) Avoid Distractions
Talking on your phone, texting, playing a movie and loud music are all distractions that can lead to potentially dangerous situations and accidents.
7) Practice Extra Caution at Night
All drivers need to slow down and be more cautious at night. Between increased fatigue, decreased field of vision, the higher possibility of drunk drivers and dark, poorly lit roadways, nighttime comes with certain hazards that should always be taken seriously.
8) Avoid Driving When Tired
Don’t ignore signs of fatigue as most single car accidents happen in the early hours of the morning or late at night when drivers are tired and pushing unrealistic schedules. If you get tired, find a rest area where you can stretch your legs, catch some fresh air or buy a pick-me-up to help revive yourself.
9) Be Aware of Bad Drivers
We can’t control the actions of others, but if you remain aware of other drivers, you’ll be more likely to spot the ones who could potentially put you in a dangerous situation.
While these tips may help you practice safe driving, they are just the tip of the iceberg. If you or a loved one has found yourself in a situation where you need representation or assistance with a motor vehicle accident case, call Simon Law Group and see how our experienced car accident lawyers can help you today. With over 30 years of personal injury experience and hundreds of trials of all types, we will always stand up for your rights and work hard to obtain the best results possible.]]>