The following is a guest blog post from a US blogger outlining safe driving tips.
Automobile accidents are a leading cause of death in this country. If you have never been in a car accident before, you may be scared and unsure of what to do.
Read the following safe driving techniques to try to avoid an accident happening to you:
- Turn off your cell phone. Many states have laws that ban the use of cell phones while driving. It is proven that talking and texting behind the wheel delays your reaction time. Put your cell phone away. If it is too tempting, turn it on silent or even turn it off during drives.
- Avoid distractions. Eating, applying makeup, interacting with passengers, and using other portable devices provide a distraction while driving. Focus on driving and avoid other temptations.
- Don’t drive while drowsy. Driving drowsy is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Know your limits. Pull over and take a quick 20-30 minute nap or have a friend take over the wheel. That’s what rest stations are for. If you have been drinking, assign a designated driver or find a place to stay the night.
- Wear your seat belt. Wearing your seatbelt can save you from being thrown around inside a crashing vehicle, or thrown through the windshield and out of the car.
- Call the police if you’re in an accident. You may be under the impression that the police should be called only if it is a major accident. Call the police no matter how minor the accident is, especially if repairs are needed. Repairs may look better than they are.
Car accidents are almost always unexpected. So if it happens to you, don’t blame yourself. Even the best drivers get into accidents sometimes. Know what to do when this kind of situation arises, and stay calm.