Many of the personal injury lawsuits that result from car accidents can be avoided if all parties involved used safe driving practices when behind the wheel. Safe driving means more than just monitoring your mirrors and making sure to drive slowly in bad weather. It means acting responsible for your own actions on the road, and making sure that you stay away from people displaying dangerous driving habits.
Learn Your Car
Today’s cars have more technology in them than ever before, but not enough drivers are taking the time to learn how all of their safety features work. It is distressing to see an accident occur only to find out that it could have been avoided if one or both of the drivers had taken the time to learn all of their vehicle’s safety features.
Most new cars come with a DVD that shows the driver how all of the new safety features work. That DVD plus videos available online can be your tutors in learning your new car safety features. Some cars have warnings in their manuals about the use of their safety features, and you need to read those warnings completely to avoid making a potentially dangerous mistake.
Never Drive Distracted
Texting and checking your social media pages are activities that are illegal in many states, and with good reason. Distracted driving is starting to become more dangerous than drunk driving, and distracted driving is a situation that can and should be avoided.
If you feel it necessary to have your phone available in case you get an emergency call, then use a hands-free device or use the phone interface in your car. Reading, eating, talking on the phone, and any other distraction to keeping your focus on the road should be avoided at all costs.
Use The Proper Lanes
Many accidents occur because irresponsible drivers do not use the right lane to exit a freeway or make a turn. If you are turning left at an intersection or road, then you should be in the left-hand lane or turning lane, if one is provided.
If you miss your turn or realize your turn is coming up and you have not gotten over, then do not make your turn and continue to drive safely in your lane. When you get the chance, you can pull to an area where you can safely turn around, get back on the road, and then safely make your turn when it comes up.
Driving At Night
To be safe while driving at night, you should drive at around five miles per hour under the speed limit. This is especially true on very dark roads in rural areas where animals could suddenly jump out in front of your car. Driving slower at night gives you more time to react to obstacles in the road, and it also helps other drivers to see you coming in time to make any corrections to what they are doing.
It is your responsibility to maintain control of your vehicle and make sure that you are driving safely whenever you are on the road. To avoid any potential issues with personal injury lawsuits associated with auto accidents, you should develop good driving habits that will keep you and everyone around you safe.