Driving is a necessary aspect of life—whether we use cars to commute to work, pick the children up from school, or simply to run errands more quickly. Unfortunately, this makes auto accidents an inevitable part of life as well. Fortunately, there are some good ways to stay safe while on the road:
1. Avoid Using Your Cellphone: By now, most people have heard about the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. Many studies have shown that texting or talking without a hands-free device can be riskier than driving drunk. In fact, recently the NTSB called for a total ban on cellphone use while driving. While there may simply be occasions where you can’t avoid using your phone while driving, do your best to minimize them. Keep your phone in an easy-to-reach place, use a hands-free device, and only answer the phone if it truly is urgent.
2. Keep an Emergency Kit: Most people don’t worry about the items they need in an emergency situation until they’re in the middle of one. Take a little time to assemble an emergency kit—this will pay off if you get into an accident, stop to help someone else who has been in one, or simply become stranded on the road due to a flat or breakdown. Here are some items you should consider keeping in your car:
- Spare tire, jack, basic toolbox, tire sealant
- Road flares, jumper cables, reflective vest
- Empty gas can
- Blanket, snack food, bottled water, first aid kit
- Pen, paper, insurance information, car registration, emergency contact information
3. Check Your Temper: While many drivers experience some degree of road rage at some point, it’s vital to stay calm in frustrating situations. Aggressive driving is a common cause of car accidents, and is never worth the emotional and financial cost.
If you are injured in an auto accident, consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer is vital for protecting your interests. Call The Carlson Law Firm at (888) 335-7492. Our staff of experienced auto accident attorneys will sit down with you and discuss all of your options.