The unthinkable can happen in the blink of an eye when driving a car. Being aware of your surroundings and always thinking through what could happen before you get behind the wheel makes a difference in the injuries you could obtain in an accident. Prepare to be the safest you can be on the wide-open road. Here are a few thoughts for when you begin driving to be sure you are protecting yourself if a car accident does happen.
Pay Attention (moved up)
Driving can be boring and monotonous. You may be tempted to look at your phone or something else, but five seconds of distracted driving can make a big difference in an accident. A phone is not the only thing that can be a distraction. Food can be a serious distraction in the car as well. If you are driving, try to get something that won’t take your hands off the wheel too much. Taking the time to go inside and eat at a restaurant is the safest option. Be sure to abide by the speed limit always and stay aware of your surroundings. Keeping your eye on everything may be difficult at times, but it is the responsibility you take when you get behind the wheel to drive.
Service Your Car
You must pay attention to the road, but you also must pay attention to your car. Be aware of when you last got your oil and tires changed. Watch your gauges for anything that may look not right, like your car overheating. Don’t ignore any of the warning signs that something is going wrong with your car. If you notice a strange noise coming from your car or a strange feeling when you brake, take your car to get checked out. Taking these small precautions, not only can help prevent a wreck, but save you money as well. Fixing something small in the beginning could save you from having to fix something a lot more expensive later. Your car is your protection, so you want it to be the best it can always be .
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Wearing a seatbelt while driving is the law and you will pay a fine if a police officer finds
you without yours on. While wearing your seatbelt is part of the law, it also plays a huge factor in protecting you in the event of a car accident. It can be the thing that could save your life. When you don’t wear a seatbelt, you are not only putting yourself at risk, but also the other people in the car. You become a human projectile if you get into a car accident, so you may get thrown out of the car or into someone else. Whenever you get into the car make sure you strap yourself in.
Put Things Away
Not only can a human become a projectile, but items in your car can as well. The best place for anything you don’t need while driving is in your trunk. Anything in your car can become a hazard that puts your life at risk. If your car begins to roll, a backpack, toolbox, or even a lone pencil can send you to the hospital if you are hit by it. Having everything put away in your trunk will protect you from getting injured by any loose items in the event of an accident. Any items that you need to have near you should be kept in the back floorboard for maximum safety.
Car accidents aren’t always avoidable but doing everything you can to avoid them will help keep you as safe as possible. For any accident where you are wronged and hurt despite these measures, your first step should be calling an attorney with knowledge and extensive experience in handling personal injury cases. An attorney will fight for your rights and what you deserve in the event of an accident.