6 Tips for Road Safety
As the weather gets warmer, families hit the road far more often for vacations and other activities. When the weather is nicer, even work trips can increase miles on the road.
As the road time increases, it is even more important to stay safe on the highway. You can use the following safety tips to help you avoid collisions and protect yourself every time you get in the car.
If you are injured in an accident caused by another driver, our trusted New Jersey car accident attorneys can advise you of your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other expenses associated with your injuries.
Prepare Before You Leave
Staying safe on the road starts long before you get in the car. Planning appropriately for your trip can be helpful in avoiding common pitfalls.
- Plan your route ahead of time and have maps or navigation handy.
- Allow plenty of time for travel so you are not rushed to reach your destination and have time for possible delays.
- Inspect your car before you go and have routine maintenance performed before you leave town, such as oil changes, tune-ups, tire rotations and fluid refills.
- Correct any issues with basic maintenance or your tires before you hit the road.
Even the best driver in the world cannot prevent all accidents caused by the actions of other drivers. However, practicing defensive driving is one proactive step you can take to help avoid accidents.
Defensive driving helps keep you aware of others on the road so you can anticipate and avoid potential hazards and collisions. Some defensive driving tips include:
- Observing other drivers
- Scanning the roadway and looking far ahead for potential hazards
- Always having an escape plan in case you encounter a hazard on the road
- Leaving enough space between your vehicle and others on the road
- Remaining focused on the road
Always Wear a Seat Belt
Seat belts save lives—and you should be wearing one every time you get in the car. In fact, everyone in your vehicle should be properly restrained even before you leave the driveway.
In New Jersey, all passengers who are eight years old or at least 57 inches tall are required by law to wear a seat belt. This law applies to those who are in the rear seats as well.
If an occupant under the age of 18 is not wearing a seat belt, the driver of the vehicle and be held liable.
Do Not Drive Under the Influence
Summer parties and BBQs often include alcohol as part of the fun. However, you should arrange for a designated driver before you go if you plan on drinking.
Driving drunk not only puts your life in danger, but it also endangers everyone around you. It reduces your reaction time and your decision-making ability.
Driving under the influence is illegal, and you can be sentenced to jail time for this type of offense.
Do Not Drive Distracted
Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. In 2015 alone, there were 3,477 people killed and roughly 391,000 people injured in auto accidents that involved a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Approximately 14 percent of all crashes involve distracted driving. Play it safe and keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes and mind on the road.
Some of the most common types of distracted driving include:
- Using a cellphone to call, text, email or check social media
- Adjusting the navigation, radio or other functions within a vehicle
- Talking with passengers
- Reaching for an object in the vehicle
- Grooming yourself or applying makeup
- Eating or drinking
Do Not Drive Drowsy
Drowsy Driving also decreases your reaction time and focus in much the same way that driving drunk does. If you are tired, avoid driving or pull off to take a quick nap. Family vacations can sometimes mean long driving hours, so be sure to take turns driving if you are going long distances.
Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers Today
Even if you adhere to all of these safety tips, accidents can still happen. If you have been injured in a car accident, we can help.
Contact the experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lynch Law Firm, PC today for a free consultation. we will review the details of your accident and injuries to determine if you have a case. If you do, we will work to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Call (800) 518-0508 for help with your claim.