January is a new beginning for many, and a time to reflect on habits that could be changed. As you are looking for ways to improve yourself in the coming year, why not take a look at the way you drive? Very few people are perfect drivers, and many break at least one rule of the road with regularity. Whether you routinely travel at speeds above the posted limit or text while driving, there are some changes you can make that will help keep you and everyone else on the road safe.
1. Drinking and Driving
Even one drink can impair your ability to drive safely. If you plan on going out and enjoying an adult beverage, or even if you’ve had one sitting in the comfort of your own home, don’t get behind the wheel.
2. Cell Phones
Cell phone use behind the wheel is dangerous — including making phone calls. Records indicate that more than 3,000 people died in 2011 because someone was texting or otherwise using their cell phone while driving. There is no reason to use the phone while you are driving. If you absolutely need to speak to someone or are having an emergency, pull to the side of the road or into a parking lot before picking up your phone.
As we’ve mentioned, speeding is one of the most common infractions on today’s roads. Speeds are posted after areas are studied and are typically the safest for the road conditions. If you have to get somewhere and are worried about arriving on time, leave a few minutes early. If you get pulled over by the police for speeding, you are almost guaranteed to be late.
4. Seat Belts
Are you in the habit of buckling up every time you get in the car? Whether you are a driver or passenger, your seat belt could save your life if you are in an accident. Many states have a “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Seat belt laws are secondary, meaning that you can only be ticketed for not wearing one if you are pulled over for something else, but it simply makes good sense to always have yours on.
Many of us are a bit lax when it comes to vehicle maintenance unless we are forced to visit a service garage. Make this the year that you keep up with oil changes and other routine maintenance. Keeping your vehicle in great shape will help you avoid accidents caused by vehicle malfunction.
Now is a good time to take a look at your driving habits and make the changes you can. Every driver on the road is responsible for the safety of themselves and all others sharing the road. Do your part.
If you are involved in an accident in Charlotte, you may be entitled to compensation for injury and property damage. Reach out to our office today and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of the options available to you under current state law.