Car accidents can be costly, even if no one is injured. You may have medical bills,
repair bills, and your insurance premiums may even be raised, so it’s
important to take steps to drive safely and avoid accidents. Here are
some tips to help keep you safe on the road.
1. Keep your eyes scanning the road ahead. Don’t get fixated on the car in front of you. Continually watch
the road ahead of you, and know what’s going on in other lanes as well.
2. Beware of blind spots. Your mirrors allow you to see what is behind you, but you also need to
remember to regularly check your blind spots as well.
3. Check your mirrors. When you’re scanning the road, don’t forget to glance at your
mirrors regularly. Knowing what is behind you can allow you to stop, change
lanes, and make turns safely.
4. Drive with your hands in the right position. If your steering wheel was a clock face, your hands should rest at the
9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions. This gives you good control
of the vehicle, and can allow you to maneuver quickly if needed.
5. Sit the right distance from the wheel. Your seat should be moved so that you can rest your wrist on the top of
your steering wheel and completely extend your arm, pressing your back
against the seat. This allows you to make quick changes and steer around hazards.
6. Avoid the “fast lane.” Using the right and middle lanes on multilane roads offers you more “escape
routes” if a hazard occurs. Most highway accidents occur in the
left lane, and highway patrol officers tend to target the left lane more
for traffic violations
7. Know your car. How fast can your car brake, accelerate, and safely turn? Knowing the
limits of your vehicle can let you make better decisions when driving
and navigating dangerous situations.
8. Maintain your vehicle. Your car needs regular care and maintenance to perform its best. Taking
care of your car can keep you safe and allow you to avoid accidents.
9. Judge other drivers. You will make dozens of judgments a minute while driving. Most of them
are unconscious and well-rehearsed from experience. Learn to judge other
drivers based on the appearance of their vehicle and driving habits. If
their vehicle is damaged, dirty, or shows neglect, they may be an inattentive driver.
10. Night time is not a safer time. You may choose to travel at night to avoid traffic, but night driving comes
with its own hazards. Animals may be more active, your visibility is reduced,
and other drivers may be tired, intoxicated, or otherwise impaired. Drive
carefully around the time bars close in your area.
Driving safely can reduce your chances of an accident, but you can’t
control what others do. If you are involved in an accident, contact an
experienced car accident attorney. They can help you navigate the process
of filing a claim and can fight for your right to compensation.
If you need legal representation after a car accident, contact the dedicated
Atlanta car accident lawyers at The Weinstein Firm, LLC. We have the necessary resources to investigate
the cause of your accident, and to help you fight for compensation.
Contact us today to schedule a
free case consultation.