Car accidents can be financially and emotionally draining in your life. Between the stress of you or a loved one getting injured, filing a claim, and repairing damages, it can take weeks or even months to recover and could take longer depending on the injuries sustained. While you can’t always avoid an accident, there are steps you can take in order to reduce your chances of ending up in one. Nelson Personal Injury looks at 10 habits of safe drivers, and how you could apply them to your everyday commute.

  1. Don’t text and drive. Minnesota’s hands-free law has put legal action towards this, but even if you don’t get a ticket, looking at your phone can cause an accident. Make sure that you have your phone on silent, or have a passenger check your messages while you are driving.
  2. Safe Following Distance. Tailgating is a major cause of road rage and accidents. Without adequate time to react to what the vehicle in front of you is doing, you could cause injury to yourself and the driver in front of you. Plus, angering other drivers on the road could lead to reckless driving.
  3. Mindful Driving safe drivers follow speed limits and road suggestions and don’t drive recklessly. Making sure that you are following the rules of the road can help you drive safer.
  4. Car Care. Driving for an extended period of time with a check engine light, low tire pressure, or other warning light on is dangerous. Make sure your equipment is road-ready so it won’t endanger you or the other vehicles around you.
  5. Safe Drivers Stay Awake. Driving while drowsy can be as bad or worse than driving while drunk. Make sure when you are operating a vehicle of any kind, you are alert and aware.
  6. Music At A Reasonable Volume. It’s fun to blast music with the windows down. But, if you can’t hear other vehicle’s warning signals or if loud music distracts you from the road, it can cause an accident. Rock on responsibly.
  7. Wear A Seatbelt. Seatbelts are scientifically proven to reduce fatalities in car crashes and dramatically reduce ejections from vehicles when accidents happen.
  8. Use Headlights. Driving after sundown to sunup is dangerous enough with low visibility. If you aren’t using your headlights, you are putting yourself and everyone else on the road in danger of an accident.
  9. Using Signals and Checking Blind Spots. Cars are made safe, but they aren’t made perfect. Checking your blind spots before you turn, signaling that turn, and making sure that you change lanes slowly can reduce your chances of a car accident.
  10. Stay Sober. Drinking and driving is the leading cause of car accidents. Not only is it illegal, but it is putting everyone on the road at risk of an accident or death. Stay sober to avoid accidents and save lives.

 

Nelson Personal Injury Can Help After A Car Accident

Nobody can perfectly avoid danger on the road, and sometimes the worst does happen. If you or a loved one has experienced a car accident, contact Nelson Personal Injury. Our professional personal injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve so you can start down the road to recovery. For a free case evaluation, and to find out more about Nelson Personal Injury, visit our website: nelsonpersonalinjury.com.