Welcome to the new year! We hope you stay happy, healthy, and accident-free, so we’re providing some driving tips for you and your family to carry on safely out on the road.
This year, prevent a car accident from happening by remembering to:
- avoid driving if tired;
- designate a sober driver;
- call the police if you suspect another driver is impaired;
- be especially observant of other drivers;
- drive defensively, yet with caution;
- if hosting a party, consider letting guests spend the night;
- put together an emergency driving kit (flares, kitty litter, flashlight, blankets, snacks and water);
- store the number of a cab company in your phone;
- don’t neglect the maintenance of your vehicle;
- slow down during inclement weather or when the road conditions are hazardous; and
- cut the evening short if bad weather is on its way.
Alcohol: The Suspect Behind Many Car Crash Fatalities
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 there were 32,367 auto accident fatalities in the U.S. Out of those, 9,878 were alcohol-related fatalities in which a driver had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher – that’s about a third of all traffic fatalities!
Considering the numbers, it’s imperative to always remain alert on the roads and buckled up. Practicing good driver behavior doesn’t guarantee you an accident-free drive. What it can do is reduce your chances of being in a serious car collision and may improve your chance of collecting damages, if one were to happen.
Follow Through with Your New Year’s Resolution
The next time you get behind the wheel, keep in mind these tips put forward by the team at Gacovino, Lake & Associates. We’re always by your side to promote safety and represent you when you’ve been the victim of a reckless and irresponsible driver.