Staying safe on the roads requires you’re undivided attention. Any lapses in concentration or recklessness can lead to serious accidents that could endanger you and the drivers around you.
If you get into an accident, not only will your insurance premiums go up, you could also have to deal with legal proceedings. If you live in the UK, law firms like Sintons have a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers that can advise you during this difficult period.
However, it’s not just you’re driving habits that could contribute to an accident. There are a number of cars that are renowned for being unsafe. The Dodge Ram 1500’s safety rating has been less than impressive over the years. After tests were carried out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the car received a ‘poor’ rating for its ability to protect heads and left legs, and also received failing marks during frontal offset tests. Head over to 24/7 Wall Street to learn more about the most dangerous cars in America.
Regardless of what car you drive, there are a number of ways you can become a better driver. These three tips will help you stay safe on the roads.
Presume every driver is incompetent
Even if you are the most vigilant driver in the world, if you’re not looking out for the potential hazards caused by others, you could still get into an accident. As you’re obeying the rules of the road, keep a constant eye out for drivers who may be breaking those rules.
Be particularly careful around fast-moving vehicles that could cause you problems if they break suddenly or get too close to you. Always keep to the recommended stopping distances and keep your eyes peeled for cyclists and pedestrians that could cause potential accidents.
Keep control of your ego
The thrill of driving can go to a lot of people heads when they sit behind the while. Before going on a drive, take your ego out of the equation and keep your speeds within the legal limit. You aren’t Vin Diesel in Fast and the Furious, so don’t partake in any reckless racing! These pictures we recently published of a wrecked Aston Martin Rapide should stamp out any thrill seeking tendencies you may have.
When you’re on the road, don’t let yourself get pre-occupied by the radio, your phone or the conversation happening in the back seat. All of these are distractions that take your attention away from the road and could lead to an accident. Keep your eyes open and remain aware of your surroundings, so you can react quickly to changing road scenarios.