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Tips for Safe Driving from An Accident Attorney

By: Fred Moore | Mar 13, 2018

Whether you are a seasoned driver or new to the road, practicing safe driving habits every time you get behind the wheel is essential. The car accident attorneys at Moore Law Firm have seen many clients with injuries caused by inattentive or reckless driving. These tips can help you hone your driving habits for safety so you make it to your destination unscathed.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Before hitting the road, give your car a thorough checkup. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and in good shape, antifreeze/coolant and windshield washer fluid are topped off, wipers are working properly and all lights and turn signals are functional. Create a roadside emergency kit that includes water, blankets, a first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables and road flares.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Drowsiness is a common cause of auto accidents. Regardless of whether you are just driving to work or taking a long road trip, making sure you get adequate sleep can help keep everyone safer on the road. Drowsy driving can slow reaction time and hinder your ability to make good decisions. You can avoid driver fatigue by taking frequent breaks during long road trips. Stop and stretch every two hours or 100 miles.

Obey the Rules Of The Road

When driving, signal well in advance before making lane changes or turns. Leave plenty of room between your car and the vehicle in front of you, especially when it’s snowing or raining. Take extra care to drive safely in construction zones and avoid using cruise control when roads are slippery.

Give yourself ample time to get to your destination. If you are running late, obey speed limits. Speeding to get to your destination on time isn’t worth the injury or loss a serious car accident could cause.

Pay Attention

Driver inattention and distraction have become leading causes of vehicle crashes. Talking on the phone and texting while driving puts yourself and others at risk. Children or pets in the car, eating while you’re behind the wheel, outside distractions and other factors can all lead to you taking your eyes off the road and cause serious, sometimes fatal accidents. Unless you are using a hands-free device, that call or text can wait.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our car accident attorneys at Moore Law Firm to schedule a consultation today.