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How to be a good driver. Simple tips to keep your family safe on the road

These days we’re more conscious of our wellbeing and health than ever before. And keeping our families safe is our number one priority. But while we’re washing our hands, wearing a face covering and keeping our distance from each other, it’s important to remember to brush up on our dedication to road safety.

Every year, thousands of avoidable accidents are reported on the roads each year, thankfully most victims walk away with minor injuries, but for others, their injuries are not only serious but they have far-reaching consequences and impact every area of their life. You’ll find out more about important Pennsylvania personal injury laws, here. Just click the link. 

Taking extra care whilst driving just makes sense, so here we’ll explore how you can be a good driver with some simple tips to keep your family safe on the road. 

Buckle up

It’s been mandatory for all passengers to wear a seatbelt in a car in the US since the 1960s. However, the number of drivers who fail to buckle up is astounding. Whether they’re in a rush, not going fast or not going far, there really is no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelts don’t only prevent you from hitting your head on the wheel or dashboard, but they also keep you in place for airbag deployment and prevent you from being forcibly ejected from the vehicle on impact.

It’s also your responsibility to ensure your passengers are wearing their seatbelts. So, never drive off until everyone is buckled in. 

Don’t be baited

Often things can get a little stressful on today’s roads. Which means that road rage is common. Perhaps you’re being baited by another driver for driving too slowly, or you made a mistake, and the other driver is being aggressive. By engaging in aggressive driving behaviors, you’re essentially distracted behind the wheel, which means a crash is more likely. So, no matter what is happening around you, remain calm and don’t allow yourself to be baited. 

Turn off your distractions

Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of road accidents. And it takes many different forms. From checking your phone to making a phone call. Fiddling with the radio and adjusting the controls on your car, to chatting with your passengers or turning in your seat to comfort your baby. Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous. So, turn off all your distractions and if you need to take your eyes off the road for some reason, pull over first!

Take a defensive driving course

Investing in your safe driving skills means you’ll be able to spot potential hazards better and ultimately, avoid a collision. But the benefits don’t stop there! You may find that your car insurance provider offers you a discounted premium for successfully completing a defensive driving course.

Final thoughts…

Remaining focused on the road ahead and giving it your full attention will ultimately keep you and your family safe. If you are involved in a road accident that could have been avoided, speak with a PI lawyer, today. 

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