Did you know that an accident is 23 times more likely to happen when you’re texting and driving? And according to MADD, “on average nearly 3.5 Canadians are killed in alcohol and/or drug-related motor vehicle crashes” every day?
While driving under the influence and texting/distracted driving are extremely dangerous (and illegal), they’re not the only examples of dangerous driving. Whether you’re a new driver or a veteran, it’s important to always follow these safe driving tips to keep yourself and others around you safe:
Maintain Your Vehicle
Regular maintenance of your vehicle is critical to make sure that it’s operating well and that you and your passengers remain safe. Simple, routine vehicle maintenance that you should do regularly includes:
- Changing seasonal tires – using winter tires in summer or summer tires in winter is dangerous. The rubber designed for winter tires is meant to work in cold weather, and summer tires are not designed to grip on icy roads.
- Keep your headlights clean – opaque headlights will decrease your visibility, especially during rainy or snowy weather. Older cars have a plastic lens that covers the headlights – these may need to be replaced over time, especially if you find the cover has faded or yellowed.
- Fix windshield cracks – a small crack in your windshield may seem like a small nuisance, but it actually reduces your vehicle’s structural integrity and can cause serious issues if you’re ever in a collision. Larger cracks can actually reduce your visibility, which is extremely dangerous.
- Keep your windshield wipers in good working order – over time your windshield wipers need to be replaced, which is important to keep your windshield clear during bad weather.
- Manually clear your windows – while it might be tempting to have your defoggers clear the snow or ice from your windows on an incredibly cold day, it’s actually quite dangerous. Take the time to manually scrape snow and ice build up from your windshields, mirrors and roof to ensure you have full visibility, and to keep chunks of snow from flying off your vehicle and hitting others once you’re on the road.
Check Your Blind Spot
While many new vehicles have blind spot assist and backup cameras, it’s important to check blind spots manually and look all around your vehicle before backing up or changing lanes. While mirrors and technology are meant to help you, they can never replace a quick shoulder check.
Don’t Drive in Blind Spots
Every vehicle on the road has a blind spot, and it’s important to avoid disappearing into these spots (especially when driving next to a large truck). Drive courteously by leaving space so other drivers can see you on the road.
It’s important to leave at least one vehicle space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Tailgating is extremely dangerous, especially if traffic comes to a sudden stop. Protect yourself and other drivers by watching traffic ahead of you (not just the car directly in front of you) and behind so you can react quickly if you need to.
You don’t have to be on your cell phone to be a distracted driver. Avoid doing anything that will take your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road, or your mind off of what’s around you.
Personal Injury Law
Keep in mind these safe driving tips to keep you and your passengers safe. No matter how safe you drive, there is always a potential risk with other vehicles on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision due to distracted or dangerous driving contact the team at Zayouna Law to ensure your rights are protected.
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