Safe driving behind the wheel can help you avoid major accidents and injuries. It can also preserve the safety and well-being of other motorists. In addition to driving defensively, here are some dangerous behaviors to avoid.
The faster you drive, the less effective you’ll be when responding to unexpected road hazards. Driving at a high rate of speed also increases the severity of injuries and property damage if you’re involved in an accident. Always obey the posted speed limit, and feel free to drive even slower when it’s raining,
Driving while texting is not the only unsafe behavior to avoid. You must also be mindful of driving while eating, carrying on a conversation with passengers, or even changing the radio station. All of these behaviors reduce your concentration and put you at risk of a serious collision.
Seatbelts are instrumental in saving lives during crashes. Accordingly, they must be worn every time you get behind the wheel. Encourage your passengers to also wear seatbelts when you’re driving, no matter how far you’re going. Remember, a serious accident can happen when you least expect it.
Alcohol can have a major effect on your body and mind. It reduces response time, inhibits coordination, and decreases your ability to process information. As a result, it greatly impairs your driving ability and puts yourself and others at risk. If you know you’ll be drinking, arrange for another ride home. And if a friend wants to drive drunk, do the best you can to convince them otherwise.
With over 30 years of legal experience behind us, Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. has seen firsthand what a serious car accident can do. We know how negligent drivers can affect the lives of others, which is why we doggedly fight on behalf of our clients.