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Safe Driving Practices

Car accidents are scary and can cause a lot of damage. They can cause damage to not only your vehicle, but also to you in the form of injuries. With the cold weather and snow rapidly approaching, it is important to take even more precautions when driving to help avoid being involved in a car accident. Because of the colder weather, the roadways may have snow, sleet or ice on them making them especially hazardous. Because of this safe driving practices are especially important. The following are some tips to help make your next trip a safe one:

  • Plan your route and timing ahead of time. By planning which way you will take to get to your destination, you can save yourself some stress. It is also a good idea to build in some extra time to trip because you may encounter some unexpected delays along the way, especially if there is snow or other winter weather conditions.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Your seat belt will help to keep you safe if you are involved in a car accident.
  • Always travel at a speed no greater than the posted speed limit or one that is safe for the road conditions. The faster you are going, the longer it takes to come to a stop. If it is raining, snowing or there are other weather conditions, it is also important to slow your speed.
  • Avoid distracted driving practices. You should never text while behind the wheel. This takes your attention way from the roadway, which can significantly contribute to car accidents. Other activities that take your full attention away from the roadway, such as eating while driving, should also be avoided.
  • Maintain a three to four second following distance between your car and the car in front of you. This is important if you need to stop quickly because stopping takes distance. By following the car in front of you can help to prevent a collision.

By following these safe driving practices, we can help to prevent accidents and keep the roadways safer for everyone. Sometimes, we are not so lucky and are involved in an accident and get injured. If this occurs, it is a good idea to contact an experienced car accident attorney to help. An experienced attorney can help you to get the best outcome following the accident.