Every year, it is estimated that 41,000 people lose their lives in car wrecks, while 2,000,000 people suffer serious injuries. Defensive driving is a skill that is taught to motorists that can help prevent deaths and debilitating injuries. Here are some tips on avoiding a car wrecks:
- Don’t start the engine without locking your doors and buckling your seat belt. The same should apply for passengers.
- Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all motor vehicle crashes. Don’t drink and drive.
- Stay alert so you can avoid other drivers who maybe weaving, stopping abruptly, or responding slowly to traffic.
- Avoid obviously impaired drivers by turning right at the nearest corner or exiting the highway.
- Notify the police if you observe any impaired or confused behavior in other drivers.
- Don’t follow too closely, always use the three-second following distance rule.
Although it may seem common sense, driving safely and alertly can be the one thing that keeps you from being involved in an accident. For more information, check out these other Merritt Webb blogs on safe driving.