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10 Ways to Stay Safe on the Road

 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.

Speedometer2_07212014Follow the Speed Limit

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.

Text&Drive3_07032014Don't Talk on Your Phone or Text

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.

DrinkingandDriving_07222014Don't Drive While Impaired

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.

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Raleigh Law Office

5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
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Charlotte Law Office

201 McCullough Drive, Suite 220
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: 704-599-1078
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New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
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Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
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Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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