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Top tips for staying safe behind the wheel

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2016 | Car Accidents

You can’t keep everyone safe on the road because you can’t make decisions and take action for all the other drivers and pedestrians. You can, however, do your part to contribute to road safety by following some basic tips each time you get behind the wheel in New Jersey.

First, take time to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. Are all major parts in good working order, such as the breaks and windshield wipers? Are your tires safe to drive and is there enough tread on them? Once you know the vehicle is safe, make sure you buckle up before you start the car.

On the road, use precautions and don’t become so in a hurry that you make bad driving decisions. Try to avoid the fast lane of the highway when possible. The left-most lane often leaves you without an exit should an incident occur near you. The right or middle lanes usually offers more mobility and room to avoid issues.

Keep your hands on the wheel when possible and your eyes on the road. That means reducing the number of things you fiddle with in the car and never texting while driving. Find a radio station or CD you enjoy and leave it on as you drive if desired so you don’t have to constantly change settings.

Scan the road ahead of you continuously so you are aware of what is going on and what obstacles might be coming. Make sure you are aware of your blindspots and always check them if you plan to change lanes. Check your rear view mirrors regularly too, with brief, less-than-a-second glances that just ensure everything is okay.

Even if you take time to drive safely, others don’t always do so. If you are involved in an accident that is someone else’s fault, then you might be able to recover financial compensation for any injuries or vehicle damage. Speaking to a legal professional can help you understand your options.

Source: Edmunds, “Top 10 Editors’ Tips to Prevent a Car Accident,” Caroline Pardilla, accessed Oct. 14, 2016