Avoiding Car Accidents by Practicing Behind the Wheel Safety
Most of us know what we should do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe while driving. And, if we don't adhere to those helpful hints, it's usually not out of defiance, but rather a little laziness or apathy. You've probably even had the thought, "that will never happen to me" or "I don't really need to be prepared for that type of situation." However, taking a few minutes to prepare for the unknown may save your life, or at least keep you safe and comfortable in an emergency situation.
Here are some tips on how to avoid a car accident when behind the wheel:
- Keeping a fully-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle is one of the best ways to be prepared for many difficulties. Fill a lidded plastic container with jumper cables, flares, a blanket, and non-perishable food items, etc. Also, keep some extra medications in the container if you have a medical condition that requires prescriptions on a schedule.
- Keep a list of emergency contacts with you at all times; contact info for doctors and your insurance agent are a good start. Add "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) to your speed dial on your cellphone with the number of your spouse, nearest living relative or friend, so that first responders will know who to contact in the event you are unable to speak for yourself.
- Avoid distractions while driving. Put your cellphone on airplane mode to prevent it from alerting you to new messages or incoming calls. Don't allow children to argue or move freely in the vehicle- keep them properly restrained in seat belts at all times. Don't eat, drink, or apply makeup while driving.
- Use common sense when behind the wheel. Buckle up, obey the speed limit, don't drive while intoxicated or fatigued, and drive defensively.
- Avoid "blind spots" while driving by adjusting your side-view mirrors until no part of your vehicle is visible in them. This eliminates any overlap of rear and side-view mirror perspective and will keep a passing vehicle in a mirror until it enters your peripheral vision.
- Always drive with your headlights on. Studies indicate this can increase your visibility to pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists as well, and reduce your risk of being in an accident by 32 percent.
- Always wear a helmet if you are riding a motorcycle or bicycle. Adhere to speed limits, and wear bright colored or fluorescent clothing. Use daytime headlights where there are no restrictions.
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