While your rearview and side mirrors are vital in outlining the view behind
your vehicle, don't rely on them entirely. Always turn around to look
over your shoulder, this will ensure that you aren't missing something
undetected by your mirrors. You should also be aware of the blind spots
for other drivers on the road, and try to stay out of them as much as possible.
Numerous drivers use their time behind the wheel to multitask, whether
this involves eating, using their cell phones, or having an in-depth conversation
with a passenger. These distractions can take your focus off of the road
and may be detrimental to your response times in the event of an emergency.
Keep Children Seated
It is important to have your child sitting in a proper safety seat at all
times while in the vehicle. Children that are fighting or climbing between
seats can cause potentially dangerous distractions that may result in
an accident. Have your kids bring quiet activities that will keep them
occupied throughout the drive.
Never Drive While Tired
Sleepiness can decrease awareness, impair judgment, and slow reaction times,
all of which can increase your risk of an accident. If you're tired,
pull over to a safe location to take a nap, or put off your trip until
you are feeling well-rested.
Check Your Tires
To help ensure your safety while driving, it is important to make sure
that your tires are inflated properly. Check the tire tread, as a worn
out tire will increase your risk of a blow out, and they will impair your
vehicle's ability to stop suddenly.
Never Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving is a dangerous and potentially lethal combination.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, nearly
one-third of all fatal car accidents involve an intoxicated driver. With
each passing year, almost
13,000 people die as a result of alcohol-related accidents. So if you have had a few drinks,
stay off the road to protect yourself and other motorists.
Follow the Speed Limits
Speed limits are put into place to help you stay in control of your vehicle.
Going any faster than the posted speed limit can be hazardous, especially
for new drivers. It is also important to remember that speed limits are
determined based on ideal conditions, so even driving the speed limit
can be dangerous during inclement weather.
While it may only take a few seconds for your car to stop after you hit
the brake, a slow reaction time can delay this process. To avoid a rear-end
collision; always ensure that you are keeping space between your vehicle
and the car in front of you.
Use Turn Signals Appropriately
When you fail to alert other drivers about what moves you are making, accidents
can occur. By using your turn signals, drivers will be warned before you
make a move, and this will give them time to slow down, stop, or move
out of the way.
Learn About Your Vehicle Safety Features
Knowing your vehicle is one of the first lines of defense against a potential
accident. Many models are now adding extra safety features to help avoid
crashes, including lane departure warnings, auto-braking,
head-on collision warnings, and adaptive headlights. Understanding what features are available
on your vehicle and how to use them can be a great resource in accident
personal injury from a car accident can ruin your entire holiday season. So take these
tips to heart when you are traveling, and make it an enjoyable holiday