A little bit of effort goes a long way. Follow these 10 driving safety tips and you’ll not only be safer but you’ll help make the driving part of your life safer for others, as well.

 

#1: Never use your cell phone while driving

Not talking, not texting. Studies even show that a hands free phone still distracted drivers heavily and those were on controlled closed courses. Just don’t do it.

 

#2: Back seat seat belts aren’t for decoration

Passengers in the back need to wear their seat belt. During a car accident someone who isn’t properly strapped in can not only hurt themselves but injure passengers in the front seat, assuming they don’t get thrown from the vehicle completely.

 

#3: Slow down just a little

Speed matters. A pedestrian who is hit by a car at 30 mph is twice as likely to survive compared to being hit by a car that is going just 5 miles per hour faster.

 

#4: Beware of children

Kids don’t always pay attention. When near a school, a park, or even a suburban neighborhood just be aware of your surroundings and watch out for kids.

 

#5: Never drink and drive

This should be self-explanatory. Your driving is impaired well before you actually feel the physical effects of drinking.

 

#6: Situational awareness

Don’t let your mind wander off. You need to pay attention to cars around you so you can watch, observe, and anticipate what drivers around you may do.

 

#7: Take five

Go ahead and take a break at that rest stop. Being tired is a major factor in many accidents. Taking even 5 to 10 minutes to stretch, walk around, and reset can make a huge difference.

 

#8: Avoid jaywalking

Not every driver is going to pay attention. When you’re on the other side of things, stay to crosswalks where drivers are more likely to be paying attention to you.

 

#9: Keep your distance

This won’t always be possible, especially in heavy city traffic, but give other drivers space when you can afford to.

 

#10: Kids need car seats

Make sure that any car seats for children or toddlers are properly set up and strapped in.

 

In the event of an accident contact The Stephens Law Firm Accident Lawyers for advice.