Each year, it seems as though the roads get more congested and there are less peaceful drives in your life. You are just one of the millions of people who need to drive to work, school, the grocery store and on errands on a regular basis. Here is a statistic you can think about; the average American spends over 100 minutes a day driving.
When you were learning to drive, you received tips and instructions from those who have been on the road for a while. You know, tips on where to keep your hands on the steering wheel, how to drive in various weather conditions and so forth. Over time, many of us tend to forget about these tips and may not be driving as safely as we could be. If you fail to stick to the basics, you might wind up not properly reacting in a situation that you are not prepared for.
With car and truck accidents being a major cause of stress, injury and expense, it is always important to drive as safely as possible. Texas Legal Sharks, your truck accident lawyers in San Antonio, offers you these tips for staying safe on the road.
Don’t Drive Tired
If you are driving for long stretches at a time, like on a road trip for example, make sure you get plenty of sleep every night. You need to also take fairly frequent breaks while on the road, like every two hours or so. It will do you good to stretch your legs and eat a meal while you are not behind the wheel.
Your best bet is to share driving duties with a partner. Even if you are with someone who isn’t going to help you drive, the least they can do is keep you company and awake and alert.
No matter where you are going on your road trip, know just how you are going to get there. Not everybody has a GPS or utilize their smartphone on a trip. This is fine as long as you know where you are going and don’t get frustrated because you got lost.
Keep Your Car Running in Tip-Top Shape
Make sure you take your car in for routine check-ups and have regular maintenance performed on it. In addition to having your oil changed, you need to make sure your windshield wipers properly work, your tires are in good order and all of your lights are working.
When you are out on the road, you will want to check tire inflation from time to time and check the oil to ensure you don’t wind up in a potentially dangerous situation.
Road rage is a sad part of our culture and you will run into fools who blow their tops at the silliest things. If you find yourself growing irritated because of traffic or because a driver cuts you off, take a few deep breaths and just let it go, man. Getting angry isn’t going to solve anything. If you have to, bring along a mixed CD of calming music.
And if you think about it, that idiot who cut you off might be a parent racing to a school because their kid is sick. Just saying.
Check the Weather
You can’t change the weather, but you can prepare for it. If you know there will be rain or snow, you can change your route, if that is the safe option. If anything, it puts you in a mental state in which you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature is planning on delivering.
Don’t Get Distracted
We should all know by now that texting and other smartphone activities are dangerous when you are driving. But you need to be aware there are other distractions as well. For example, a crying baby in the back can be distracting, as can music that is being played too loud.
When driving on the roads and highways, please keep your head in the game and avoid distractions.
Allow for Enough Time
We are all busy and need to get somewhere at a certain time. That said, you need to make sure you allow yourself ample time to get to the places you need to go. So leave early if you have to.
If you were involved in an accident through no fault of your own and sustained injuries, call Texas Legal Sharks.