- 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.
- 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. Furthermore, be mindful to secure pets in a tied down pet carrier and be sure to buckle in boosters seats even when they are not in use.
- Beware of Blind Spots
While rearview and side mirrors are wonderful tools that should always be utilized, it is important to not rely solely on them. Get in the habit of actually turning to look directly into the lanes beside you, which 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 and do your best to spend the least amount of time possible in them—especially those of truckers.
- 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.
- Make Sure Your Vehicle is Operating Safely
Blown tires, worn brakes, broken windshield wipers and more can quickly cause an accident in a number of ways. Always keep your vehicle well-maintained on a regular basis and don’t drive your car if you suspect something may be wrong with it.
While these five tips may help you avoid and prevent accidents and better 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 Phoenix car accident lawyers can help you today. With over 30 years of personal injury experience, including over 100 trials of all types, we will always stand up for your rights and work hard to obtain the best results possible.