According to the most recent U.S. Census reports, there are more than 10.8 million car accidents every year. Nearly 36,000 of those result in the deaths of drivers or passengers involved. Unfortunately, many of these deaths are the result of reckless driving and, had the drivers been operating their vehicle more carefully, could have been prevented. Help prevent a reckless driving accident from happening by following these eight tips for safe driving:
- Allot plenty of time to get to your final destination. In 2009, speeding accounted for more than 10,000 accident fatalities on U.S. roads. By giving yourself plenty of time to complete your trip, you’re cutting down on the likelihood that you will speed, putting yourself and others on the road in serious danger.
- Always wear your glasses or contact lenses when driving. Having low visibility can easily lead to a collision, especially at night. If you require contact lenses or prescription glasses to see clearly, always make sure you wear these when operating a vehicle.
- Keep road rage in check. Don’t threaten, yell, or point fingers at other drivers on the road, and make efforts to keep calm in stressful driving situations. Letting road rage get to you can cause you to make careless driving mistakes in the heat of the moment.
- Be aware of your surroundings. A huge part of preventing a reckless driving accident is keeping a watchful eye on what’s going on around you. Always know where other cars are on the road in relation to your vehicle. Check blind spots before changing lanes, and use your peripheral vision to watch for cars speeding or stopping around you.
- Keep a safe distance. Just because you’re driving carefully, doesn’t mean everyone else on the road is. Allow plenty of space between you and other cars on the road. If they speed up, stop suddenly, or veer into your lane without notice, you’ll still have plenty of time to get out of their way or hit your brakes without getting into a wreck.
- Don’t drive distracted. Texting, talking on the phone, eating, or playing with the radio are huge distractions while on the road. These divert your focus from the task at hand (driving), and cause you to drive recklessly. In fact, distracted driving killed more than 3,000 people on U.S. roads in 2010, according to Distraction.gov. While driving distracted, it’s easy to go to fast, veer into another lane, or run stop signs and red lights without noticing. All of these can lead to a dangerous reckless driving accident.
- Follow traffic laws. Never run lights, stops signs, or drive your car without a seat belt. These laws are in place not just to maintain an organized and orderly road system, but also to protect you and other drivers on the road. Follow these basic traffic regulations, and you could prevent a painful wreck.
- Keep your hands positioned properly on the steering wheel. When first learning to drive, you likely learned about the “10 and 2 o’clock” positions, where your hands should grip the steering wheel. Over time, many drivers forget this suggestion and drive with their hands on the bottom of the wheel, on the sides, or even with just one hand. This poor positioning can easily lead to a reckless driving accident. Proper 10 and 2 hand positions allow you not only to grip the steering wheel better and turn more easily, they give you more control of your vehicle, letting you maneuver quickly and seamlessly out of potentially dangerous situations.
How to reduce dangerous driving habits?
1. Allot plenty of time to get to your final destination.
2. Always wear your glasses or contact lenses when driving
3. Keep road rage in check.
4. Be aware of your surroundings.
5. Keep a safe distance.
6. Don’t drive distracted.
7. Follow traffic laws.
8. Keep your hands positioned properly on the steering wheel.
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