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:
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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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