The road can be a dangerous place, but you can take steps to help prevent accidents. Practicing good habits and following the laws of the road can help you avoid car accidents and protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are 4 things you can do to make the roads safer.
1. Slow Down
While you may be driving at the posted speed limit, that doesn’t mean that you are driving safely. The posted speed limit is the maximum allowable speed for the road, but a safe speed depends heavily on environmental factors. Poor weather conditions, including snow, hail, and rain, can reduce visibility and make it more difficult to stop, turn, or swerve. Darkness can reduce visibility and can prevent you from seeing upcoming hazards until it is too late to stop. Construction and traffic also require you to slow down and drive carefully.
2. Get Rid of Distractions
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Unfortunately, the number of distractions drivers face is incredible, and it can be difficult to eliminate them all. Focus on getting rid of the ones you can. Turn off your phone and stow it somewhere you can’t use it. Adjust your radio before setting off or while you’re stopped. Never apply makeup, style your hair, shave, or perform other grooming routines while driving. Avoid eating while driving. Program any GPS devices before leaving. If you have a passenger, ask them to assist with tasks so you can focus on the road.
3. Make Sure Your Teen Driver Gets Plenty of Practice
If you are teaching your teen to drive, ensure they receive plenty of practice behind the wheel. Regularly drive with your teen, even after they have received their license, to continue to enforce good habits and safe driving.
4. Familiarize Yourself with Defensive Driving Techniques
Defensive driving techniques can allow you to react quickly to sudden hazards and avoid an accident. Practice leaving plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you, checking your mirrors regularly, and planning escape routes that you can steer towards if the car ahead of you stops suddenly or another issue comes up.
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