Tips For Staying Safe On The Road

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Driving can be dangerous – you need to do everything in your power to make it less so. Here are a few tips to help you along.

If you think about it, driving’s actually a little terrifying. You’re behind the wheel of what’s essentially a giant metal bullet, hurtling down the road at ridiculously high speeds. Even a small mistake has the potential to be catastrophic.

And if you account for all the other factors that can contribute to an accident – inclement weather, carelessness on the part of other drivers, and component failure – driving can be a frightful prospect indeed. You need to do everything in your power to ensure you drive safe. Here are a few tips to help you along in that regard.

Make Sure You’re Well-Rested

Thinking of getting behind the wheel after pulling an all-nighter at work? Do everyone on the road a favor – don’t. As it turns out, driving tired can actually be significantly more dangerous than driving drunk. Sure, your judgment and reaction time are terribly impaired by inebriation, but at least you’re still (relatively) aware of your surroundings.

What might happen if you simply fall asleep behind the wheel while you’re on the highway?

Pay Attention To The Reports

Presumably, you wouldn’t go for a walk without first checking the weather to see what you should wear. Why, then, would you drive anywhere without first taking a peek at road conditions? You don’t even need to turn on the radio – there are a ton of apps that let you quickly figure out the level of traffic congestion, the location of any major accidents, and most importantly, whether or not the weather’s bad enough that you should avoid getting behind the wheel.

Keep Your Car In Good Repair

One of the first things they teach you in driver’s ed is that you should do a “spot check” of your vehicle before getting in. Walk around, and see if you notice any major faults – a flat tire or some suspicious fluids beneath your undercarriage, for example. And make sure you frequently bring your vehicle in for a tuneup. The last thing you want is for something to catastrophically fail on you while you’re on the road.

Avoid Distractions

Everyone’s probably done it at least once. You’re on the way to work, and one of your friends sends you a text. You glance down, have a quick read, and hammer out a response. What’s the harm, right? It’s just a few seconds.

That’s all it takes, though.

Pay attention while you’re on the road. No exceptions. If you really need to respond to a message, pull over first.

Drive Defensively

Last but certainly not least, even if you drive safely all the time, that doesn’t mean other people on the road will do the same. That’s why it’s so important that you pay attention to your surroundings. Drive under the assumption that you’re the only person who can be bothered to be safe – that way, you’ll be ready to react to just about anything.

And if you do end up injured, you can contact Bormaster Law for a free consultation. Our catastrophic injury lawyers specialize in ensuring that the guilty party in an accident doesn’t get off scot-free. Give us a shout, and we’ll help you through whatever’s ailing you.

About The Author:

Ryan B. Bormaster is the managing attorney at Bormaster Law. The law firm practices in a number of areas but specializes in 18 Wheeler Accidents, Accidents with Commercial Vehicles such as Work Trucks and Catastrophic Injuries of all kinds. 

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