It doesn’t matter if you’re a new driver or have years of experience, the fact is that safety is a key concern on the roads whoever you are. Driving is such a commonplace part of our day to day lives that we often take for granted just how quickly a regular commute, or cruise around town, can turn into a very dangerous situation.
While we cannot control the behavior of the other drivers of the road, we can keep safety always on the brain and look at some ways that we may be able to reevaluate our driving practices. Doing so, we can ensure that we aren’t putting ourselves and others at risk. Let’s jump in a look at some top tips to stay that little bit safer out there on the roads.
When you’ve been driving for a long time, the whole experience becomes second nature. Regardless of this, even if your a fantastic driver that doesn’t mean that you will want any distractions at all while you’re behind the wheel. It only takes a split second of not paying attention for an accident to occur. According to one report, via the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration, in 2017 there were 2,935 fatal crashes in the U.S that were caused by distraction.
If you’re a bit of a smartphone fanatic, ensure that you always turn off and put your phone away while driving. You could also look at investing in a Car HUD (Heads Up Display). These work via using the windscreen as a big screen to project the data that you would usually see on your dashboard. Using these can make sure that you can always keep your eyes on the road.
When you are too tired, this will naturally affect how you drive and how alert you are. Driving when you are fatigued will mean that you may lose the ability to concentrate as much as you need to on the road. With this in mind, ensure that you always get at least 7-8 hours of sleep before you drive. If you need to take a longer road trip, make sure that you have regular breaks to rest, drink coffee and get some air. You could also take the journey in turns with another driver. Of course, it’s important to never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs under any circumstances. You should also take into consideration any prescription drugs that might make you drowsy, always check with your doctor if you are unsure.
Unfortunately, some of us will get caught up in sticky situations and accidents that may or may not have been our fault. We can’t change what’s already past, yet we can look forward and identify how we can best help our situation. Eric Ramos Law helps clients with a wide variety of personal injury and auto accident cases, so could be a great option if you’ve found yourself in need of some instance.