3 Steps to Preventing Vehicle Accidents
– This month’s blog comes from a Guest Blogger – Rhonda Burgess of the Kopelman Sitton Law Group . This Atlanta, Georgia law firm is committed to reducing distracted driving.
There are several ways to avoid getting into car accidents. The following three steps will improve your driving techniques as well as reduce your chances of causing an accident.
- Modify Your Driving
Always slow down. Staying at the speed limit increases your reaction time. If you drive too fast, you will not have enough time to react to a potential car accident. Make sure you try to stay in your lane. Swerving in and out of traffic increases your likelihood of getting into an accident. Let others who are driving faster than you get into the left hand lane to safely pass you.
Remember to keep both hands on the wheel. By keeping two hands on the wheel at all times you are able to react to an incident more quickly and possibly avoid an accident. Under no circumstances should you ever tailgate another driver. Following too closely will not give you enough time to stop your vehicle if the other driver hits their brakes or collides with another vehicle.
Use your turn signals. Give yourself and the other drivers plenty of time to know that you are turning. This allows the other vehicles to slow down and avoid collisions. A good habit to get into is to keep your eyes moving. Periodically make sure to move your eyes from side to side. Check your mirrors. You want to avoid a potential accident caused by other drivers, if possible.
- Avoid Distractions
Avoiding distractions should be the easiest way to prevent vehicle accidents. If you need to change a CD, eat a snack, look for directions, or talk on your cell phone, you should always pull your vehicle over. Never attempt to do any of these tasks while operating a vehicle.
If you know that you have a harder time driving at night, or you become more nervous during bad weather, avoid driving altogether. Not only are you endangering yourself, but also the lives of other drivers on the road. More importantly, never get behind the wheel if you are tired. Make sure you have had plenty of rest before driving. If you have to, pull over and take a nap.
- Keep Your Car Safe
Taking care of your car will ensure not only that are you driving safely, but also that your vehicle will not break down and cause an accident with other drivers. Make sure you are continuously checking your tire pressure, receiving regular tune-ups, keeping all windshields and mirrors clean, and that your windshield wipers are replaced before they are worn out.
If In an Accident
In order to ensure that you, your family, and your friends are safe every time you step out on to the road, be sure to follow all of the above steps toward preventing a vehicle accident. You not only want to ensure that you are safe, but that other drivers can rely on you to be safe on the road. If you find yourself in an accident, make the smart decision and hire a company like Kopelman Sitton to represent you. Protecting yourself on and off the road should be the most important decision that you make.
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