Safe Driving Behaviors Can Prevent Accidents

Driving a vehicle has become an essential part of our everyday lives. Because of this, ensuring ourselves of safe driving will only continue to become vitally more important. Nationwide, a popular auto-insurance service dealer lists their top 4 safety tips to always remember while driving:

  1. Focus on Driving
  • No multitasking, keep 100% of your attention on the road at all times
  • Do not use your phone or any other electronic devices while driving
  • Slow down. Driving at high rates of speed gives you less time to react and increases the severity of a crash
  1. Drive “defensively”
  • Always be cautious of other drivers and “expect the unexpected”
  • Keep a 2-second cushion between you and the car in front of you (4-seconds in unsafe weather conditions)
  1. Make a Safe Driving Plan
  • Allow yourself time to complete your trip and schedule accordingly (stopping for food, gas, etc.)
  • Make sure your seat, mirrors, and climate controls are all adjusted properly before operating your vehicle
  • Pull over if you need to eat or drink
  1. Practice Safety
  • Secure anything that may move around while the vehicle is in motion
  • Do not attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor while in motion
  • Ensure that any needed items are easy to reach (toll money, garage pass, etc.)

More Safety Tips to Know While Driving

  • If driving with children, make sure they are buckled in their seats at all times. Too much noise or movement can distract you from focusing on the road.
  • Do not drive while you are overly tired. 
  • While switching lanes, always use caution. Using your turning signals in a timely manner is crucial as this gives other drivers time to anticipate your merge. 

Common Practices to Always Remember

  • Buckle Up - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates seatbelts saved more than 12,000 lives in 2009 and could have saved almost 4,000 more lives - particularly backseat passengers who are less likely to buckle up. 
  • Stop - Always stop at red lights. Crashes involving a driver running a red light resulted in 130,000 injuries and 700 deaths in 2009 alone.
  • Stay Sober - Alcohol impairs drivers. If you or someone you know is drinking, make a plan in advance.

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