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Safety Tips for Driving Virginia's Dangerous Highways
In a world full of hustle and bustle, we need to navigate quickly in order to get everything done. Most of us are aware of the risks of driving, but we don’t often think of the possibilities while actually on the road. To reduce your chances of becoming a car accident statistic while driving along Virginia’s dangerous highways, there are some safety tips you should be mindful of.
It Can Wait
People today are highly driven by technology and instant communication, and we have become largely dependent on the quick ability to send and receive messages or obtain information. However, when you’re driving, this is not the time to do so. Whether you hear a message come through or want to search for the name of the band that sings the song you hear on the radio, it can wait. Every day in the United States, over 1,153 people are injured as a result of texting and driving. If you have trouble controlling the urge to check messages, turn your phone off while driving.
Considering Those in Front of You
There is little those in front of you can do to avoid your mistakes. Following others too closely can prove highly dangerous. You never know when they may need to brake quickly. Opinions vary, but most experts suggest you follow the “three second” rule. Find a stationary object outside. When you see the car in front of you pass it, begin counting. You should be able to count to three before you pass the same object. This method is simple and automatically factors in speed.
Even the best driver in the world can get in an accident. People are unpredictable, and you never know what others on the road will do. For starters, just because someone has their turn signal on doesn’t mean they intend to turn. Only turn in front of someone with their turn signal on if they are obviously slowing down. You should also check all your mirrors every time you prepare to go out.
Long Hours on the Road
On average, we spend 37,935 hours of our lives driving. That’s more than four years! With so many dangers around every corner, defensive driving is crucial. While there are aspects that are out of your control, by following these tips, you can significantly reduce your risk of injury or death.
Ask a Alexandria Car Accident Lawyer
Contact the Kamerow Law Firm if you have had a serious personal injury due to a car or truck accident. We can help you recoup your bills, lost wages and pain & suffering.