Driving becomes second-nature for many drivers, causing some of us to forget simple rules of the road.  Review these driving reminders before hitting the road.

Everyday Driving Tips for the Everyday Driver

Most of what we do as automobile drivers come as second nature, but a split-second lapse in judgment may cause danger for the driver, passenger or nearby pedestrians.  This brochure posted by Geico Insurance reminds us of basic everyday driving tips to keep our roadways safe.

 

BEFORE THE DRIVE

 

Make sure all occupants in the vehicle fasten their seat belts.  Passengers who do not wear their seat belt are twice as likely to die in fatal car crashes than occupants who do use their seat belts.  Also make sure that any infants or children are in appropriate car seats or booster seats for their age and size. (For more information on what car seat or booster seat your child needs, please read our article posted here).

 

To avoid breakdowns that can cause traffic problems and dangerous situations for you and your passengers, have regular maintenance checks performed on your vehicle.

 

DURING THE DRIVE

 

Follow the 2-second rule.  While traveling behind another vehicle, pick out a fixed, stationary object  (street sign, parked car, etc.) and count the seconds from when the car in front of you passes the object to when your vehicle passes it. At any speed, this maintains the minimum traveling distance that should be taking place between vehicles.  When driving at night or in adverse weather conditions, you may want to consider increasing the 2-second rule to 3 seconds or more to allow for additional breaking room if needed.

 

Give your full attention to the roadway ahead of you.  A popular form of distraction for drivers are their cell phones.  Only use your cell phone in the event of an emergency, and pull of the road before dialing or texting.

 

Avoiding getting behind the wheel after an argument or any other emotionally draining situations.  Wait until you have regained composure before you drive.  Delay any confrontations or heated discussions with passengers until you are able to get out of the car so as not to interfere with sound driving decisions.

 

Do not drive if you are fatigued, especially late at night.  Nodding off while driving can cause fatal accidents.  Taking breaks, getting fresh air and chewing gum are all things to help keep you awake and alert.  If feeling drowsy, it may be best to pull off the road completely, find a safe place to park and rest before heading out on the road.

 

If you car breaks down, make sure you get your car well off the roadway and away from traffic.  Display a white cloth on the antenna or door, open your hood and turn on your emergency flashing lights.  Keep emergency flares, triangles or other emergency warning devices in your vehicle at all times.

 

AFTER THE DRIVE

 

Before you leave your car, make sure the transmission is in "park" and you set your emergency break.  If parked facing uphill, turn your wheels away from curb and toward the curb if you are parked facing downhill.

 

If parking your car at night, make sure to be in a well-lit area and check your car when you leave and when you return.

 

Always lock your doors, even if you are only going to he gone for a few minutes.

 

Never leave your car running when you make a quick stop.  Thousands of cars each year are reported stolen this way.

 

MORE DEFENSIVE DRIVING TIPS

 

-Avoid all confrontations with other drivers, including retaliation when another driver does something you don't like, flashing obscene gestures and tailgating, honking or flashing your lights.

-Maintain safe distances between the car in front and behind of you.  If the vehicle behind you is following too closely, change lanes or pull over and allow them to pass.

-Use your turn signal for all turns and lane changes.

-Stay alert and aware of what is going on around you.  Look what's happening several cars ahead of you and to your sides to avoid potential safety problems.  Use and check your mirrors often.

-Stick to the speed limit.  Traveling too slowly can cause just as many dangers as speeding.

-Keep both hands on the steering wheel.

 

 

The Andrew Kim Law Firm is a personal injury firm in Bellevue that specializes in car accident injuries.  If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a car accident, motorcycle accident or bus accident, you may have a claim against the at-fault party.  For a free consultation with a Bellevue accident lawyer, call our office at (425) 289-1990, (253) 682-2000 or toll free at (800) 636-3676.


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