After spending so much time behind the wheel, it can be easy to take your safety for granted while driving. Even if you have never been in a car accident, there are more than 18,000 car accidents per day in America, meaning you are still vulnerable to these accidents. No matter how experienced a driver you may be, it can always help to refresh yourself on some helpful safety tips. Here are five ways you can protect yourself while driving:
Stay aware of your surroundings
While you may be a good driver, assuming everyone around you is too can be a fatal mistake. Keep an eye on the cars around you. If you suspect that someone is driving recklessly, allow them to pull ahead of you so you can gain the time you would need to avoid any accidents they may cause.
Do not speed
Getting to your destination a few minutes early is never worth the risk of never getting there at all. Speeding cuts the time you have to react to a threat on the road, increase the space you need to come to a full stop, and can startle others into causing an accident.
Eating while driving, using your phone, updating your GPS and fixing your appearance are only a few of the ways that drivers distract themselves. Even a few seconds of not looking at the road is comparable to driving across a football field blindfolded, so be sure your eyes are on the road, and not your phone.
Maintain your car
Do not ignore your car when it needs new windshield wipers, tires, or headlights. When your car cannot properly function, it cannot properly protect you. Do not let an accident happen because your tires kept you from stopping in time.
Even if the car ahead of you is driving too slow for your tastes, that does not mean you can crowd them. Driving too close to a car that suddenly stops can mean you have no time or space to avoid them. Keeping your distance means you have the time you need to reach safely.
Focusing on safety can make the difference
When we cannot control how others drive around us, we must ensure we are doing what it takes to drive as safely as possible. By taking the time to follow these tips, you can help keep yourself from getting into a life-changing accident.