Many accidents can be avoided if all drivers practice safe driving tips on the road. While you can't control what other drivers are doing, you can increase your safety by being more mindful of your own behaviors.
Here are 10 ways that you can stay safe on the road so you can reduce your risks of being involved in an automobile accident:
Wear Your Seat Belt
Even if you're only driving 10 minutes to the store around the corner, put on your seat belt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seat belts can reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent. Air bags are not an adequate substitute for seat belts.
Don't be tempted to put the pedal to the metal when you're in a rush. Speeding greatly increases your risk of an accident - either with another car or as a result of losing control of your vehicle. Stay within the posted speed limit and make sure you get to your destination safely.
Follow Traffic Rules
Driving rules have been established for a reason: They help keep you safe. Make sure you practice safe driving rules, including maintaining a proper following distance, stopping at all posted signs and lights, ceding the right-of-way, and more.
You may think that you can handle taking a call while driving, but doing so greatly increases your risks of getting into an accident. Texting while driving is even more dangerous as it takes your eyes off the road and your hand off the wheel. Turn off your phone and wait to return calls and texts until you are safely parked.
Don't Put on Makeup While Driving
Many of us try to multi-task when we're in a rush. It's tempting to grab your makeup and try to put it on while you're on the way to work. However, putting on makeup while driving is dangerous as it greatly increases your risks of getting into an accident.
Don't Eat While Driving
Fast food restaurants seem to have been designed to encourage eating on-the-go. However, if you need to hit a drive through on the way home or the way to work, make sure you don't eat your meal until you reach your destination. Eating while driving is another form of distracted driving, and it can increase your risk of getting into an accident.
Map Your Route Ahead of Time
Trying to fiddle with a map or even a GPS device can distract your attention while driving and take your hand off the wheel, increasing your risk of an accident. Plan your route ahead of time by marking it clearly on a map or loading it up on a GPS before you leave.
Keep Your Car Well-Maintained
Engine problems, tire blowouts, and other malfunctions can cause potentially deadly accidents - especially if they happen at high speeds on the highway. Make sure your car is properly maintained by regularly checking the tires, belts, plugs, and fluids.
Make Sure You Are Well-Rested
Driving while you are sleep-impaired is almost as dangerous as driving while you are drunk. It reduces your response time and makes it harder for you to navigate safely on the road. Make sure you are well-rested each time you get behind the wheel, no matter how short the trip.
Finally, it is important that you never drive while you are drunk or otherwise impaired. You present a real danger to yourself and other drivers when you drive while impaired. Always get a designated driver or hire a taxi if you are impaired.
Practicing these basic safe driving tips will help reduce your chances of being in an accident when you are on the road, keeping yourself and other drivers safe.
If you have been in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 to find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer a free evaluation of your case.