You can’t be too careful on the road. Being careless on the road can cause injury, even death. In the U.S., there are about 37,000 deaths that happen on the roads every year. Safety is very important. What can you do to improve safety? Don’t worry. We can help. Here in this article, we are going to tell you some tips that will improve your safety when you drive.
Wear the Safety Belt
That’s right. Before you drive, buckle up. A simple act of wearing a safety belt makes a huge difference between life and death. In 2008, approximately 14,000 deaths were caused by occupants who didn’t wear their safety belt.
No Driving when Drunk
In 2008, approximately 12,000 deaths involved alcohol. Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimated that 3 in 10 U.S. citizens will be involved in an accident which involves alcohol at some point in their lives. While the estimations are great, such fatalities can be avoided simply by having a designated driver. Better yet, don’t drink if you are planning to drive soon.
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Distracted driving is equally dangerous to drunken driving. In 2008, almost 6,000 people died because of distracted driving. This is common knowledge all driver should know: driving requires concentration. As such, you should avoid any distractions while you are driving. Cell-phone use, be it hand-held or hands-free, is dangerous while you are driving. When you are driving, keep your eyes on the road.
Drive on a Proper Speed
In 2008, excessive speed leads to 11,000 deaths. As with the other examples above, the danger can be avoided easily. When you drive, mind your speed. Follow the speed limit sign when the driving condition is good. In other conditions, such as rain, wind, fog, snow or ice, driving can be hazardous. As such, the best thing you can do is to slow down.
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Know Your Car
If your car suddenly accelerated or lost its braking ability, do you know what you need to do? In that situation, the best course of action is to hit the brake pedal followed by shifting into neutral. Doing this you will be able to regain
control of your car.
The problem is, the situation where you need to do that will be sudden and unexpected. It requires a quick reflect. You will not have the luxury to think in such situation. So, how can you prepare? You can prepare by practicing doing that at low speeds. Practice in a safe location. The key here is to know your car well.
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Maintain the Tires
Last but certainly not least, you need to maintain the tires. When you keep the tires properly inflated situation such as a flat tire or sudden blowout, which will lead to you losing control of the car, can be prevented. Another thing you can do to maintain the tires is to regularly inspect it. Better yet, have a mechanic to do it.
These are what you can do to improve your safety when you drive. On the road, safety should be the first and foremost concern. Follow our tips above and do it. Drive carefully and not recklessly. We hope this article helps. Take care.