Automobile accidents are the most common cause of personal injury. They are also the most preventable occurrences. Following some simple guidelines and tips while in a vehicle can drastically reduce the chances of being injured in an automobile accident.
Although this term no longer applies to the general population, taking a moment to think before getting into a vehicle can prevent an accident. The first thought should be regarding the drivers’ mindset or condition. Being upset, angry, scared, or in a hurry will definitely effect the way the car is driven. Take a minute or two to relax, breath, and concentrate before taking the vehicle out of “Park”. If there is someone else available who can drive, take the passenger’s seat.
Before Beginning a Trip
If driving to a new destination, make sure directions are clearly written down or entered into the navigation system correctly. Bring a phone number to call in case you get lost. Have a friend read the map or directions. If traveling alone, pull off the road before consulting the map.
Shut off the cell phone unless the vehicle has blue-tooth capability. Dialing while driving is ill-advised. It is also against the law in several states. Let the call go to voice mail and answer it when stopping for a rest.
Make sure toll money is readily available. Trying to gather and count change, or digging dollar bills out of the wallet can result in an accident. The car may swerve into another lane, crash into a car that is slowing down, or actually hit the toll booth dividers.
There are activities that are dangerous to do while driving. Refraining from then is What We Can ALL Do To Reduce Road Fatalities. Drinking alcohol or taking drugs seem like obvious activities to avoid when operating a vehicle, but statistics indicate that it is done far too often.
Applying makeup, nail polish, or shaving is hazardous when done on the road. Reaching for things in the bottom of a purse or briefcase can wait until the vehicle has stopped. Changing the radio station distracts people more than think it does. Even if that just entails pushing a button, taking your eyes off the road for any reason is not wise.