Safe Driving Behaviors: Accident Prevention
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Safe Driving Behaviors Can Prevent Accidents

Peter Olszewski
Peter Olszewski

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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Peter Olszewski
Peter Olszewski

Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., a shareholder and managing partner at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., brings 37 years of litigation experience. He is a renowned trial lawyer in Pennsylvania, specializing in medical malpractice, personal injury, and criminal defense. Peter's notable achievements include securing multi-million-dollar verdicts and serving as District Attorney and Judge. He is committed to community involvement and is actively engaged in various legal associations.
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