Those pesky speed limit signs can really disrupt busy schedules. Sometimes it may be easier to ignore them, but unfortunately, thinking like this causes accidents. Therefore, to prevent a good day from turning into an "I wish I was never born" day, here are some well-advised safe driving tips to keep you smiling, on the road and away from the hospital.
Don't Drive Drunk
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 30 percent of all auto accident fatalities in the United States involve drivers impaired by alcohol. It may be an inconvenience to call a cab, but it could save someone's life?including your own.
Speed limits were instated for a reason. Research shows that for every mile per hour you drive, the likelihood of your being in an accident increases by four to five percent. The risk is even greater at higher speeds. What's the solution? If you want to be sure you're on time, leave earlier than normal. Get up that 30 minutes earlier to blow-dry your hair or iron your shirt.
You're driving down the interstate, fighting with your spouse, yelling at your kids for being too loud, your cell phone is ringing, all while you're trying to slam down a sandwich. At this rate, you could be in a fatal accident within seconds. Another big issue facing drivers today is texting behind the wheel, which is nothing but distracting. The best advice on how to handle this would probably come from "The Doors" rocker Jim Morrison, "Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel."
Wear Your Seatbelt
Imagine all the lives that could be saved by following this simple tip. Besides, if you don't click it, you get a ticket. According to the NHTSA, more than 13,000 lives are saved by seatbelts every year. One of them could be yours.
Nothing is more aggravating than when you're being tailed, especially when you're going the appropriate speed limit. Not only is it unsafe for you, but it can be fatal to the car in front of you, as well as cars on either side of you. Car accidents rarely involve just one car.
Be on the Defensive
This is one of those times when it's okay to not be the assertive, ambitious, offensive individual. Instead, being cautious, watching out for the other guy and allowing someone to come into your lane is the best approach. Especially if they're going to get in your lane anyway?even if it means running into you.
Keep Your Vehicle Safe
If your vehicle is not inspected annually and is not properly maintained, there's a higher chance that it won't be in good shape after a long car ride. It is imperative that vehicles are inspected and maintained if you want to ensure safe travels, whether you're on holiday or just going to the grocery store. Take your car into a shop before a long trip to ensure that you and your family arrive at your destination safely.