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It’s that time of year again! Summer is fast approaching and if you’re anything like us, you’re looking forward to finally being able to travel again! With our country beginning to open back up and regaining a sense of normalcy, you’ll likely be on the road more than you have been for the last few months (or year for that matter!). As we all hit the road this summer, it’s more important than ever to make sure your safety comes first. Over 16,000 auto accidents happen every day in the United States, so we’ve put together our top 5 tips to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.
Don’t Text and Drive
It seems obvious, but it’s too easy for us to pick up our phones for a “quick glance” while we’re driving. Make sure you keep your eyes on the road! Utilize Bluetooth technology in your car if you need to call someone or send a text. Even better, if you have someone traveling with you, have them send the text for you! If need be, safely pull over to the side of the road to check your phone.
Go the Speed Limit
Another tip that may seem self-explanatory is going the speed limit. Even going 5 MPH over the limit is not only illegal but is more unsafe than you think. For every mile per hour that you increase, control over your vehicle decreases exponentially. In fact, fast driving accounts for more than 25% of fatalities.
Wear Your Seat Belt
Always, always, always make sure you are wearing your seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle. These tools help reduce the risk of injury in a car crash by 50%! Every year, there are a number of fatalities that could have been easily prevented simply by wearing a seat belt.
Are You Awake?
Driving while drowsy isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. If you’re too tired to drive, it slows down your reaction time and can even have the same effect as driving with drugs, distractions, or while intoxicated. Make sure you are awake and alert before getting behind the wheel to prevent any accidents.
All of our tips for staying safe while traveling come down to one thing: just drive! Focus on the road and take breaks when you feel like you need one. If you stay engaged while driving, you’ll arrive at your destination safely and ready to enjoy your time there!
While we do all that we can to keep ourselves healthy and safe, auto accidents do happen. Should you find yourself in an accident, our team is always available for a free consultation. A caring personal injury attorney will be by your side from the beginning to the end of your case to help you on the road to recovery. If you have been in an accident, contact us today because Nobody Fights for You Like Family!
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