As we approach 2010, many people vow to make New Year’s resolutions. Usually, these resolutions pertain to losing weight, quitting smoking, or vowing to follow a healthier lifestyle. Here is a suggestion that I hope my readers will consider – Resolve To Drive Safer!
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, approximately 35,000 people die in motor vehicle accidents each year. We see drivers who multi-task everyday. Drivers are talking on their cell phones, texting, listening to iPods, changing radio stations and formats, eating, reaching for something in the backseat, and chatting with passengers, losing their focus on the road in the process. These serious distractions sharply elevate the risk of an accident. The NHTSA estimated that distracted driving may contribute up to 80 percent of auto accidents. With numbers this high, isn’t it time to resolve to practice safer driving habits?
Here are some tips to improve driving skills and make the roads safer. I everyone reading this will practice these easy to follow tips, they and those who they encounter on our country’s road will be safer. Who knows? We might even save a few lives:
1. Wear your seatbelt; do not start the car until everyone has buckled up.
2. Obey traffic rules, road signs, and the speed limit. Be aware of road and weather conditions and adjust your driving accordingly.
3. Don’t drink and drive; alcohol impairs your judgment and slows your reaction time.
4. Avoid distractions such as talking on a cell phone and texting while driving. These distractions slow reaction time to levels as deadly as if you are drinking and driving. Focus on the road, not your phone.
5. Avoid eating while driving. This is a great risk especially if you drop food and attempt to pick it up while driving. It is important to keep both hands (and eyes) on the wheel at all times.
7. Pay attention to crosswalks; make sure pedestrians are not crossing the road before passing through the crosswalk. Always yield to pedestrians already crossing the road even if not at the crosswalk. Exercise caution when driving through an intersection.
8. When appropriate, use your turn signals.
9. Avoid aggressive driving. It is dangerous to ride someone’s bumper or cut them off on the road.
10. Keep your auto in good repair and keep your insurance policy up-to-date and paid.
Make your 2010 resolution to safe driving. Commit to becoming a better driver for the safety of yourself and others. Every time you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, be alert, be aware, and be proactive. Anticipate dangerous situations and do everything to avoid them. Safe driving safe is quite simple if you put your mind and heart to it. Don’t be the victim of an auto accident; plan ahead, protect yourself, implement these safety tips.
Sometimes, however, bad things happen, even to the most careful people. If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an automobile accident that was no fault of your own, you may be able to recover damages for medical bills, loss wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in handling these types of cases. Your case may take months, even years, to settle, but it is important not to settle too soon. Sometimes injuries will last over an extended period of time or not be evident immediately.
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Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.