Don’t ever take driving for granted. Driving is so routine that after a while it starts to feel like reflex. However, driving is a privilege, not a right. And this is especially true in consideration of how many people suffer injuries or lose their lives because of traffic collisions. Being a safe driver isn’t just important, it’s a matter of life and death. The more responsible you are as a motorist, the more you protect your own life, and the lives of those around you.
Stay Focused on Safety:
Automotive Writer Kelsey Bigelow suggests that “There are many laws today designed to prevent motor vehicle crashes, but people must follow the laws for them to work, and even when following the law, things are not guaranteed. Laws dealing with speed limits, distracted driving and driving under the influence are meant to help protect citizens and keep the roads safe.” No matter how long the journey, every driver basically has one job. That is, to arrive at their destination in one piece. Here are a few important tips to help improve your road safety:
1. Drive at Safe Speeds:
The state of California’s Basic Speed Law states that drivers are prohibited from driving faster than is safe for prevailing road conditions. Always pay attention to posted speed limits, and always pay added attention to driving conditions as well. Being a responsible driver requires constant awareness of factors such as pedestrians, cyclists, weather, and other vehicles. Ignoring safe driving speed increases the chances of traffic collisions.
2. Wear Your Seatbelt:
California law states that no driver may operate a vehicle on public roads, and on private property, unless a driver and all passengers 8 years or older are wearing seatbelts. Properly wearing a seatbelt is the first, and most effective, precaution anyone can take to drive safely. Before driving off in your car, take a few moments to adjust your chair, adjust your rear-view mirrors, and once you have a comfortable seated stance, buckle-up.
3. Measure Your Child Restraints:
Children who are under the age of 8, or who are shorter than 4 feet 9 inches, must be seated in a federally-approved child passenger restraint system by law. If you ever drive with young passengers, don’t just strap them into a car seat without thinking first. Calculate whether the seatbelt you’re using could hurt them in a collision. Regardless of age, children who have small stature should always use safety chairs and systems that fit their bodies ergonomically.
Being a safe driver boils down to situational awareness. If you pay attention to your environment and keep an eye out for potential threats to health and safety, you should be able to prevent dangerous situations before it’s too late. The safer you drive, the safer the world is for everyone who shares it. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!