Operating a motor vehicle is a major responsibility. Even if you’ve been driving for decades, there’s always room for improvement. It’s easy to fall into careless behaviors, which can lead to serious accidents and injuries. That’s why all drivers should use the following tips to ensure safe, responsible driving behaviors at all times.
Adopt Defensive Habits
Defensive driving entails being constantly alert and aware of your surroundings. Never assume you know what a motorist is going to do, even if you have the right of away. One erratic maneuver can cause a multi-car accident, so always proceed with caution. Also, leave ample room between yourself and other drivers. In good weather, be sure there’s at least two seconds between your vehicle and others. When conditions are bad, increase the distance to four seconds to ensure you have plenty of time to stop.
Avoid Fatigued Driving
Tired driving causes similar impairment as driving under the influence, so it can be just as dangerous on the road. If you often feel drowsy on your morning commute, make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night. And if you’re tired during a long trip, take plenty of rest stops. Additionally, don’t rely on sugar or coffee for a quick pick me up, as they can lead to a dangerous crash in energy which might make you feel even more fatigued.
Limit Distractions in Your Vehicle
Never text and drive, unless your vehicle is stopped in a safe place out of the flow of traffic. Texting while driving is dangerous because it involves all three types of driving distractions: manual, cognitive, and visual. Of course, there distracted behaviors to avoid, including eating while driving. Even carrying long conversations with passengers can be hazardous, as it takes your mind off the road and focuses it on the topic of discussion. Driving with small children is also distracting, so make sure they’re strapped in an occupied with a book or a game.
Despite your best efforts, you may still find yourself involved in a damaging car accident because of someone else’s negligent actions. When this occurs and your faced with escalating medical bills and lost wages, pursuing compensation is the logical next step.
Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. can help you determine your legal options after an injury. We have experience with a many vehicular accidents, including those involving distracted driving. We’re also adept at determining the right amount of compensation, so you can rest assured your needs are covered. Please call 505-343-1776 to schedule a consultation or contact us for more information.