That said even the safest of drivers can become victims, especially if others decide safety is not their top priority too.
From equipping your vehicle with the latest in safety gear to obeying all the rules of the road, you can only do so much to protect yourself.
With that being the case, are you doing as much as possible to avoid all of the various driving dangers that come with being behind the wheel?
If not, take some time to educate yourself on all you truly can do.
Protecting Body and Vehicle
Even though your car or truck can always be replaced, you likely know what can’t ever be replaced.
That said you should do all possible to avoid the different driving dangers the road and other drivers can throw at you.
Among five of the most common ones to sidestep:
- Distractions in your car – The idea of reaching for that cup of coffee in the holder or taking even a second or two to look at your smartphone may not sound dangerous, but it can prove deadly. That said too many drivers fall victim to distractions behind the wheel on a daily basis. As such, their lives and others around them can be dramatically changed forever. So that you lessen the chances of becoming the next statistic, always keep your focus on the road and the drivers around you at all times. If you need to take or make a call, wait until you are safely parked somewhere. When it comes to drinking and/or eating, be sure to do it in a safe manner while driving, with the safest being not to do it. Always try and eat before or after you drive. Drinking water in the vehicle is generally not an issue, but try and avoid both hot drinks and those that could spill and leave a mess (soda etc.). Although the soda won’t burn you, spilling it all over the front driver’s seat and you could lead you to take your eyes off the road for even just a second or two;
- Other drivers – As safe a driver as you may be, the same can’t always be said for others when they hit the roads. That said do your best to watch out for others not always paying attention. Along with avoiding your own distractions, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped with items geared towards safety. An example would be backup camera systems for safety. Such devices let you clearly scan the area behind your vehicle, making for safer moves when in reverse. This is especially useful when backing out of driveways (yours included) on busy streets, going in reverse out of store parking lots etc. The more you can see around you (including other drivers and parked vehicles etc.), the better prepared you and your vehicle are to reach your destination safely.
Don’t Try to Outdo the Weather
- Weather hazards – With wintertime just around the corner, certain parts of the country will undoubtedly have to deal with snow and ice. As such, you could be putting yourself and others in harm’s way if you try and drive in slick weather conditions. Unless it is a real emergency, stay off the roads if at all possible when Old Man Winter strikes with a vengeance. There is nothing you truly need to go to that is worth risking your life and the lives of others;
- Driving under the influence – How many times have you heard someone with a few drinks under them say they’re fine to drive? Unfortunately, it happens way too often, leaving victims along the way. Always practice safety if you’re going to go out and have a drink or two. There is nothing to be embarrassed about by turning the keys over to a friend or hitching a ride in a cab etc. A little humility is much better than a trip to the hospital;
- Speeding down the road – Last but certainly not least, is speeding really worth it to you? Sure, you may be a few minutes late for work or school, perhaps a sporting event or movie, maybe even a date. That said, being a little late for wherever you are going sure beats ending up in the hospital or worse. By simply giving yourself enough time to get where you’re going, you save headaches and ultimately, lives.