Are you currently reading this on your phone while you’re driving? If so, stop! It’s OK, you can read it when you get where you’re going.
In fact, there’s nothing on your phone that’s worth risking your life over, even though it may seem like it sometimes. No matter who’s texting you, please keep in mind that the person on the other end would rather be left on read than never to see or talk to you again. Distracted driving, which includes texting while driving, is responsible for an estimated 1.6 million deaths per year– trust us, it’s just not worth it!
While we’re on the subject, here are a few more tips for staying safe while driving, so you can help avoid accidents and concentrate on having fun getting where you’re going.
ALWAYS Wear Your Seatbelt- Contrary to some people’s beliefs, a safety belt is not an optional accessory when you’re in a car, either as a driver or a passenger. With the exception of New Hampshire, all U.S. states and Washington, D.C. require seat belt use at least for drivers and front-seat passengers. Additionally, the majority of states also require seatbelts for passengers in the rear seat. Bottom line: they didn’t come up with the phrase “click it or ticket” for no reason!
Hang Up and Drive- Talking on your mobile phone is right up there with texting while driving, and is almost as dangerous! While many newer models of vehicles now have safer hands-free options for placing and receiving phone calls, you’ll still see people out on the road with their phone to their ear, chatting away while trying to steer at the same time. Even hands-free calls can go a long way toward distracting a driver from paying attention to the road, so try to refrain from making phone calls while driving so you can avoid becoming a distracted driving accident statistic.
Party Responsibly- Did you know that even one alcoholic beverage or joint can impair your judgment and slow your reaction time? It’s true- and it can cost you a lot, even your life! If you’re planning to drink or smoke marijuana, arrange for a designated driver or rideshare service to take you home. You’ll be helping to make the roads a lot safer for your fellow motorists, not just yourself.
Drive a Safe Car- If you haven’t already, you may want to give some thought to the safety ratings of vehicles before purchasing your next car. By taking time to check out consumer reports and crash test ratings, you can be certain your vehicle will be able to keep you safe in an accident. Additionally, if you’re purchasing a used car, make sure to get a full report on any prior accidents it has been in, along with assurance that all safety equipment (think airbags and safety belts) are in good working order.
Accidents sometimes happen no matter how careful you are but you can take these safety measures and try to prevent them. If you are unfortunately involved in an accident you can call a car accident injury attorney for help with any of the legalities and finding out what you need to do.
By taking these tips into consideration, you can enhance your road safety game and help increase the chances of avoiding a potentially serious accident. Safe travels!