If you’re like most Americans, you get in your vehicle every day, whether its to go to work, the store, or to visit loved ones. Each time it all seems routine. Today is just like every other day, and nothing out of the ordinary will happen, right? Well, that’s what most of us assume, anyways. It’s important to remember there is always more we can do, or not do, to reduce our chances of being involved in a car crash or collision.
A few easy tips to help you avoid being involved in a crash
Inspect your bulbs: When you get behind the wheel, it is your responsibility to guarantee other vehicles can see you on the road, and that they can anticipate when you’re about to stop, back up, or turn. Check your lights on a regular basis to make sure they are working and never drive when any of your bulbs are not working properly.
Check your tires: You should not wait until your vehicle starts bumping and rattling before you notice your tires are worn unevenly. Worn tires have a reduced grip on the road which makes them hazardous and may lead to a car crash. Attempt to rotate your tires and adjust alignment every time you get an oil change; this will increase fuel economy as well.
Pay attention to recalls: Don’t toss that factory recall notice on top of your junk mail pile. Many of us don’t take these recalls seriously and don’t want the inconvenience of having our vehicles in the shop. However, if a manufacturer has recalled a part, it is usually because serious damage was caused to the life and property of other drivers. It is imperative that the recall is taken care of to avoid a potential tragedy.
Don’t ignore your check engine light: Pay attention to the check engine light when it comes on. The problem may be a quick fix like a loose gas cap or it could be a major issue causing havoc on your engine. Attempt the quick fixes on your own, if the light is still on after doing so, take your vehicle in to get serviced.
Don’t speed: Having a heavy foot puts you at greater risk of being involved in a crash. Traveling at the speed limit makes it easier for you to brake gradually instead of slamming on the brakes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 9,557 speed-related fatalities in 2015.
Use your signal lights: Your signals are there for a reason! They should be used to communicate with other drivers and pedestrians. Use your signal in advance to allow other drivers to slow down and avoid them rear-ending you. Pedestrians look for signals to avoid getting in your path.
Don’t put your life in the hands of other drivers: Just because a car is approaching a stop sign, does not mean they will actually stop. Signal lights are sometimes left on after we turn, therefore, if someone has a signal light on, it does not always mean they will be turning. Don’t make assumptions about what another driver is going to do next.
Always check your blind spots: Do not assume your mirror sees everything. Before changing lanes or making a turn, always check your blind spots. Even if your vehicle is equipped with blindspot detection, take a quick peak yourself. It won’t hurt you, it’ll only ever ensure your safety.
Stay alert and aware: One of the simplest and highly effective tips is always to know what is going on in front of you, behind you, and both sides of your vehicle.
How The Carlson Law Firm can help
We care about your well-being here at the Carlson Law Firm and don’t want to see you injured. Our firm has been protecting the rights of injured victims for over 40 years. If you have been involved in an auto collision, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation. We will be by your side, every step of the way.