Don’t ever take driving for granted. It’s such a routine activity that it practically feels like reflex to most experienced drivers. However, driving is a privilege, not a right. And this especially rings true if you think about how many people suffer injuries or lose their lives as a result of traffic collisions every day. Being a safe driver isn’t just important, it’s a matter of life and death. No matter how long the journey, every driver basically has one job to do the moment they get behind the wheel – get to where they’re going. Every precaution you can take to stay safe on the roads not only impacts your own life, it impacts the lives of every fellow driver and pedestrian who shares the road with you. Here are three important tips to help improve your road safety:
1. Buckle Up:
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 operating a vehicle, take a few moments to adjust your chair, adjust your rear-view mirrors, and once you have a comfortable seated stance, buckle-up before taking off.
2. 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. If you! ever drive with young passengers, don’t just strap them into a car seat without thinking about whether the seatbelt could hurt them in a collision. Regardless of age, children who are too small to use conventional seatbelts should always use safety chairs and systems that fit their bodies appropriately.
3. Obey Posted Speed Limits:
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 variables such as pedestrians, cyclists, weather, and other vehicles. Ignoring safe driving speed increases the chances of involvement in collisions.
Being a safe driver basically 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 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!