It gets us to our jobs, our schools, our gatherings with friends and family. We drive to go on vacations, we drive just because we enjoy driving. It’s easy to take for granted that when we leave home in our cars, we’re going to come back in one piece. After all, almost every drive we take ends with us coming home safe, right? Intellectually, we know that driving is an inherently dangerous and risky activity, but it’s hard to keep that fact in the forefront of our minds, and sometimes we let our guards down and drive unsafely. It’s better to assume that the unexpected will definitely happen at some point, and we will get into an unavoidable accident. With that in mind, we have to consider the steps we can take to reduce the harm that will come to us when that accident occurs. Here are a few things to remember that can help keep you safer every time you go for a drive.
Look After Your Children
Ensuring the safety of your youngest and most helpless passengers should be your first priority. All passengers need to wear their seatbelts every time they ride, but you need to take the extra step of checking to make sure children are strapped in securely. If you’re transporting babies or toddlers, make sure their car seats have been installed correctly.
Driving is no time to multitask. Put away your smartphones, tablets, and anything else you might be tempted to fuss with. Avoid fiddling with radio controls, and try not to eat while driving—especially messy food that might cause you to lose focus. Don’t become overly engaged in conversation or antics with your passengers.
Be courteous and respectful to other drivers and obey all traffic laws and posted signs. Don’t drive aggressively in any circumstance. If you’re driving in bad weather, slow down and proceed with the utmost caution, and make sure you know how to handle your vehicle in the weather conditions you’re most likely to experience in the areas you drive in. Keep your car properly maintained and serviced.
Lock Down Loose Objects
Heavy or pointed objects that are sitting loose in the cabin of your car can become deadly missiles if you collide or brake suddenly. Make sure any such objects are secured in closed compartments or placed in the trunk of your car. Don’t leave them lying around on the seats or dashboard.
There are many potential hazards and dangers when you take to the road in a moving vehicle, and no list of safety tips can keep you safe if the worst happens. That said, following basic common sense safety rules can make a huge difference when it comes to reducing your risk of accidents and mitigating the harm done when a vehicle collision occurs. Remember what you’ve read here and don’t take your safety for granted when you’re out driving.