Chances are most people will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives but that does not have to be as scary as it sounds. If you take the right precautions and drive safely then you can not only lower the chances of getting in a crash but also minimize the damage if you do. Reacting in time, having your seat belt on, and keeping control of your vehicle can be the difference between a fender bender and a full-on crash.
Keep your eyes on the road
Your reaction time and driving safety depend on your ability to see what is going on around you. Keep your eyes on the road ahead and be aware of what other cars, bikes, and pedestrians are doing around you so you can behave appropriately should one of them begin to pose a danger. Get your eyes tested regularly and if you need them, buy glasses on EyeBuyDirect to wear for driving – you may want to keep a spare pair in your car at all times, so you are never caught short. You should also keep sunglasses or prescription sunglasses in your car because the glare from the sun can be extremely dangerous by obstructing your vision.
Wear your seatbelt
Always wear your seatbelt no matter how short the drive is. Even if you are just moving your car off or onto your drive, also buckle up before you start your engine. It is also your responsibility as the driver to make sure that everyone riding in your car is buckled in and using the correct car seat if necessary. Seatbelts are your best defense in case of an accident and are truly the difference between life and death in many situations.
Make sure children’s car seats are right for their age and size, make sure it is installed properly in the car, and use them every time you drive your child anywhere.
Never drive impaired
We all know the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol but that is not the only way that your driving may be impaired. Do not drive if you are overtired, drowsy from medication, or if you are suffering from an illness that may cause your reaction times to be slower than usual. If you are unsure or struggling to decide whether you are in a fit state, do not risk it.
If you are going to an event where you will be drinking, then take all the precautions necessary to prevent yourself from making the truly appalling decision to drive. Either do not have anything to drink, take a taxi, have a designated driver, or make plans to spend the night at the venue – do not allow yourself to be in the position where you may drink and drive.
Drive defensively, not aggressively
Aggressive drivers do not think clearly when they are behind the wheel and often behave in dangerous ways that can cause crashes. We are all guilty of letting road rage get the better of us but it is important to keep a clear head when operating a vehicle.
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