Safe driving is not all about obeying speed limits and signs. The key to being the safest driver making practical decisions that would get you to your destination safe and sound. It also means taking actions that can save lives, including your own, in times of immediate dangers. Rad Law Firm lists what you should (and most probably forget to) check before and during driving.
Above everything else, you are the most important aspect of a moving vehicle. You are in control of the wheel that joins the others on the road. Eat well, stay fit and rest before driving. Sleep deprivation and dehydration disrupts concentration, while fatigue is a common cause of the increasing vehicular accidents. Be healthy and ready for driving, or don’t drive! And when already on the road, wear your seatbelt at all times. Statistics have proven that seatbelts save limbs and lives.
There’s more to maintaining your car than extending its lifespan. Keeping it in shape also keeps you safe on the road. Anything can go wrong with so many moving parts of a motor vehicle; so unless you want to cause some serious personal injuries or property damage, carefully inspect it early on. Double-check if the tire pressure is good enough and make sure the brakes are working. See if there are any noticeable leaks or if its fluid levels are enough. If it stalls along the road, do not leave it alone. Position an early warning device for other motorists to see it better, while you are calling and waiting for help.
If you do not know where you are about to go, learn how to use and consult a GPS device or a good map. Make sure the one you have is updated with the latest road data, constructions and restrictions. If you get lost or asked to make a U-turn, a “But my GPS told me to go this way!” excuse will not be accepted.
Yes, you may be the safest driver that you can be; but not all drivers are like you. Expect the other drivers to blunder and think of how you would react if they do. Do not be surprised when a driver does not yield at a stop sign or if another does not see you nearby. In the same manner, anticipate pedestrians to cross on non-pedestrian lanes. Drive defensively and pay attention – for your and the others’ sake.
Extra Care in Bad Weather
Always be on guard when driving on an icy road, snowstorm, fog or heavy rain. Slow down, keep more distance between you and the car ahead, and be extra cautious around curves. If you’re not confident driving through the bad weather or should the weather become worse, ask someone else to drive or simply find a place to rest for some time. That’s always a better option than spending the night in a wrecked car on the roadside in the middle of a storm.
In any condition, be courteous and share the road. We should be driving as one team of motorists, and not as opposing drivers in a car race. Let the other driver go through, because pointless speeding and intentional blocks often lead to crashes and collisions. Worse, they give rise to personal injury cases or auto accident fatalities. In these instances, the person responsible for the accident or his insurance should provide compensation for the damages suffered by the other parties. In any case, whatever happens… never sign any papers because the insurance company is asking you to. Always talk to a lawyer first, you may be signing away your rights to proper compensation without even knowing it! Rad Law Firm is here to help in these situations. Give us a call, it might be the best decision you’ll ever make.