It only takes a split second for an accident to happen. You glance down at your phone. Or you look at your floorboard when you hear something fall out of your bag.
Even the slightest distraction can cause a collision. And even if you didn’t mean to look away, or check your phone, if you end up in a wreck, it can cost you a lot of time and money. We work hard to represent our clients involved in auto accidents, but we always advocate for safe driving practices to prevent wrecks from happening.
Use these tips the next time you get behind the wheel to practice safer driving habits.
Let Technology Help You
The use of cell phones is banned in most states unless you’re using Bluetooth or voice-activated technology. But if you’re driving on any road, you’ll notice how many drivers are still looking at their phones. Regardless of what state you’re in, we recommend waiting to send a text until you’re parked or pulled over, that’s always the safest for you and everyone else.
Most vehicles are now equipped with wireless technology that allows you to talk on the phone hands-free. Use these features to avoid taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.
Don’t forget to check out your vehicle’s built-in safety features like blind-spot indicators, lane assist, and pre-collision assist tools.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
An important part of safe driving is knowing what’s going on around you. And that means having your mirrors adjusted where you can see vehicles behind you and to your sides. Watch other drivers and be prepared to break or shift lanes if they’re unaware or driving recklessly.
If you’re driving on interstate highways, always look ahead to see if other vehicles are braking. Many accidents happen because drivers go from high speeds to complete stops quickly.
The first thing you should do when getting in a vehicle is buckle your seatbelt. A buckled seatbelt will keep you from being severely injured or killed. If you’re carrying any cargo or boxes, make sure they won’t slide or move while driving and cause a distraction.
We’re Here When You Need Us
We hope you’ll keep these tips in mind the next time you’re on the road. A few simple steps can prevent a major accident. But if you are in a wreck, reach out to our team. We’ve helped many drivers navigate the process of dealing with insurance and the legal process.