Staying Safe on the Road

Friday, June 11, 2021


 Now that life is getting back to normal, we all seem to be driving more, traveling further, and encountering traffic when we're out and about.  I figured this would be a good time to go over staying safe on the road since it's also summer and it seems there are more accidents then with people always traveling or going places to enjoy the weather. 

1. Keep your car legal
Make sure you always have your care inspected on time so you don't have to be worried about getting pulled over.  This also ensures everything is working properly on an annual basis so you don't have to worry about issues like your brakes not working.  Make sure you keep your car registered as well based on your state's guidelines.  And of course do NOT be caught without insurance.  Always have your license, insurance, and registration with you when you are driving! Also make sure you set money aside in your budget to cover car maintenance costs.

2. Be prepared for emergencies
It's always smart to keep an emergency kit in your car whether it's for a break down or just to keep you safe if there is enormous traffic back up and you may be sitting for hours.  Blankets, a map, water bottles, snacks, a way to use the restroom, over the counter medications, road flares, a toolkit, first aid supplies, all can be included in your emergency kit.  You can even buy prepackaged emergency kits that you can store in your trunk.

3. Know what to do in an accident
No one wants to get in an accident but these things do happen. Sometimes it's your fault and sometimes it isn't.  Either way, one of the best ways to be prepared for this is to get a car accident lawyer so you have a professional to help you navigate the legal system if it comes down to that.  Always be proactive after an accident, whether it's your fault or not. 
4. Be a safe driver
Obviously, wearing your seat belt is important but make sure to avoid distractions like loud music or your cell phone.  Keep your phone away and out of your hands when driving.   Make sure to pay attention to your speed and what is going on around you especially with other drivers that aren't being safe.  If you see someone driving erratically, try to avoid them.  If you see traffic coming to a stop ahead, give yourself plenty of time to stop AND plenty of space so that if the person behind you is oblivious, you have room to get out of the way if it seems they may hit you from behind. 

5. Avoid bad weather
If you know it's going to be excessively stormy or snowy, perhaps you can avoid driving so that you don't even have to take your chances of getting into an accident.  Even if you're great at driving in all types of weather, other people may not be, and that can cause an accident you're involved in that isn't even your fault.  
Everytime you drive, just know you're taking a risk.  These tips can help you be safer on the road and have more peace of mind while driving. 

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