Everyone has met at least one person who is completely fearful of flying. Maybe this person is you. Although there are many people who are afraid to take to the friendly skies, the reality is that America's roadways are a much more dangerous place to be. The overwhelming majority of automobile accidents are due to driver error. To help ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers and your fellow motorists, please try to follow these top ten driving tips:
- Perform a safety check: Whether you are leaving on a cross country road trip or just to head to the grocery store, make it a habit to perform a safety check on your vehicle. Examine your vehicle's windshield wipers and tires for wear. Check to make sure that all of your vehicle's lights and signals are in working condition and all fluids are at the appropriate levels.
- Buckle up: Wearing a safety belt is critical if you want to be able to walk away from an accident. Every time you are in a car, be sure to put on your safety belt and check to see that your passengers are safely secured in their seats as well. Infants and toddlers should be in appropriate child safety seats. If you are not sure how to use a child safety seat or booster seat, seek assistance. The local fire department and/or police are very helpful at assisting the public in this regard.
- Focus on the road: We live in an electronic world and often people find it difficult to unplug, even when they are behind the wheel. Distracted driving is not only dangerous it is deadly. Regardless of the laws in the state in which you are traveling, abstain from using a handheld cell phone while driving.
- Follow traffic signs and speed limits: It should go without saying but make sure that you follow all posted traffic signs and local driving laws, including obeying posted speed limits.
- Pull over with caution: The shoulder of a road is not a safe a place to hang out. If you need to pull over, do so only if it is an emergency. Avoid getting out of your car and always alert other drivers of your presence by using your vehicle's hazard lights.
- Leave early for your destination: Drivers who are running late are more likely drive erratically or speed in order to make up for lost time. Speeding is no guarantee you will make it to your destination any faster, but it does increase the chances that you may not make it to your destination at all.
- Allow adequate following distance: A major cause of accidents stem from drivers who are following too closely behind the vehicle in front of them. Try to keep at least a four second distance between you and the car in front of you.
- Stay out of the "no zone": Buses, trucks and other large commercial vehicles have large blind spots or "no zones". Familiarize yourself with these areas so that you can avoid driving in these danger zones.
- Always drive with a clear head: Driving requires a motorist's full attention. Do not attempt to drive a vehicle if you are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Drive for conditions: If you are driving and bad weather strikes take appropriate action. Slow down or wait to resume driving until weather conditions improve.
If you or a loved was suffered serious injuries after being involved in a Kansas Automobile Accident, you need to seek the advice of an experienced injury attorney. Kansas Accident AttorneyCharles Hyland has helped countless numbers of accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. For more than two decades the Hyland Law Firm has diligently fought on behalf of those individuals injured in automobile accidents. Call the Hyland Law Firm today at (913) 498-1911 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. We look forward to providing you with exceptional legal services.
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