Being a safe driver means so much more than most people realize. Not only does driving safely save lives, but it also ensures that the rates you pay for insurance stay low. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, California suffers an average of 3,000 traffic fatalities annually. Some of these accidents are certainly beyond anyone’s control, however, the majority of them happen under completely preventable circumstances. Being a safe driver automatically benefits all drivers and pedestrians on the road – including yourself.
Here are a few tips to help improve your road safety.
- Buckle Up – California law stipulates 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. For that matter, buckling up only involves a few seconds of minimal effort.
- Obey Posted Speed Limits – The state of California has a Basic Speed Law. Under this law, drivers are required never to drive 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 demands being aware of: pedestrians, the weather, fellow drivers, road surfaces, and other immediate environmental factors.
- Use Appropriate 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. It is extremely important to make sure that children who are too small to use conventional seatbelts use safety chairs and systems that fit their bodies appropriately. Failing to accommodate the needs of smaller passengers can result in serious injury even during minor accidents.
- Concentrate – According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, approximately 80% of collisions and 65% of near-collisions happen as a result of distracted driving, which every driver is guilty of. At some point or another, drivers end up doing things like using handheld devices as they drive, reaching for objects in their vehicles, looking at incidents outside their windows, eating, or applying makeup. Such distracted riving endangers people because it significantly reduces how much focus a driver has on important driving conditions.
Driving is a privilege, not a right. Always take this responsibility seriously because accidents on the highway can ripple problems into the lives of others who are involved. Obey the law, be cautious, and make the same basic preparations before hitting the road. All these small gestures will eventually add up to a lifetime of incident-free driving. For more information, visit any of our offices or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe on the road. We got you covered!