Driving is one of the most dangerous activities in the U.S. Thousands of people are severely injured on roadways due to preventable crashes. Here are some safe driving tips to follow to ensure better safety of yourself as well as others.
Be aware of your surroundings. You never know what action drivers around make decide to take. Anticipate the likely scenarios and give yourself time to make any needed adjustments.
Use your blinkers to indicate when and where you are planning on turning. Utilize these signals with plenty of time in advance of your turn so that drivers can react accordingly. Conversely, pay attention to other drivers’ signals or lack thereof.
Keep a safe distance
It is recommended that drivers stay at least 200ft back of the vehicle in front of them. This is especially important for large trucks because they are much harder to stop than regular cars due to their size and momentum.
Wear your seatbelt
Seat belt save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved more than 14,000 lives. Wearing your seat belt is the smartest decision you can make for your safety while operating a motor vehicle.
Do not allow distractions
Distracted driving has quickly become one of the leading causes of roadway accidents. Taking your eye off the road for any amount of time can have deadly consequences. Learn more about TorHoerman Law’s campaign to end distracted driving.
Keep your vehicle maintained
All vehicles should get a safety and emissions test at least once every year. Pay attention to any dashboard notifications that indicate any potential maintenance problems. If a truck is not routinely maintained, there is a higher risk of vehicle malfunction, thus leading to a higher likelihood of being involved in an accident.