Does it seem like it’s getting more and more difficult to drive a
car safely these days? You’re not necessarily wrong. Despite cars
getting safer and easier to drive, car accidents are still occurring at
a blistering pace, resulting in serious injuries and even fatalities.
However, safe driving doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there
are several things you can do yourself that will lower your chances of
being hurt in an accident. Here are just four valuable tips for avoiding
a car accident and preventing potentially serious injuries.
Defensive driving is driving in a way that assumes that other drivers will
make mistakes and accounts for them. Defensive driving techniques often
include driving the speed limit, keeping a substantial following distance,
and always making sure other drivers notice your signals before making
any maneuvers. That way if you’re ever cut off by another driver
or need to make any changes, such as getting into a turn lane, other drivers
know what to expect and can get around you safely, allowing you to get
to your destination without incident.
Don’t Drive Impaired
Almost everyone knows how dangerous drunk driving can be, but did you realize
that distracted driving, drugged driving, or fatigued driving are almost
equally as dangerous? In fact, driving while fatigued is one of the most
commonly-taken risks every single day. Make sure you get a good night’s
sleep, never get behind the wheel while buzzed, and always make sure you
know how your body will react to new medication before opting to start
driving while taking it.
Use Safety Equipment Properly
Most modern cars are packed with features that make driving easier and
safer. While this isn’t an excuse to space out and let your car
do the work for you, using these features in tandem with good driving
habits can dramatically improve your odds of avoiding an accident. Things
like lane departure warning, anti-lock brakes, blind-spot monitoring,
and even backup cameras can all help you avoid some of the most common
causes of collisions.
Choose the Right Car
Finally, the car you choose to drive makes all the difference in the world
when it comes to your ability to avoid an accident. Driving a car that’s
too large and difficult to handle will dramatically increase the possibility
of a crash. Driving a car that’s too small or underpowered may save
you gas but it could actually be more of an injury liability and even
more prone to crashes on higher-speed roads. Selecting the right car for
your needs is important to help avoid an accident and drive safely each day.
Have you been hurt in a car accident? The Kingston car accident lawyers
at Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. are standing by to help!
Call us today at (845) 340-4878 to
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