Driver Safety - You’re in the driver’s seat.

Thursday June 29, 2017

 
"When it comes to minimizing your risk of collision while driving, you’re in the driver’s seat"

Jo Schofield | jschofield@peabodyinc.com

Simply by practicing safe driving techniques, you can reduce your chances of being involved in an auto accident.

In addition to being aware of your surroundings and making prudent driving decisions, the following tips will help you arrive at your destination safely.

Drive Defensively
Defensive driving requires you to be aware of driving errors made by other drivers around you, and consequently make adjustments to your driving to avoid accidents. expects you to be committed to defensive driving.

Get Plenty of Rest
Driving any distance, especially long distances, requires you to be physically and mentally well-rested. Fatigue plays a major role in motor vehicle accidents. If you become drowsy, pull off the road immediately and take a short nap.

Inspect Your Vehicle
Before you begin driving, inspect the lights, tires, brakes and windshield wipers of your vehicle. Obtain any necessary repairs before you depart.

Know Your Route
Before you set out for someplace new, become familiar with the general directions. If you need to check your map or call for directions along the way, pull over.

Avoid Speeding, and Use Safety Devices
Provide yourself with ample travel time so you can avoid speeding. Be aware of construction zones, rush hour congestion and changing weather conditions when you are planning your route. Maintain safe following distances; braking might be difficult in poor weather. Always wear your seat belt and turn on your headlights.

Don’t Drink Alcohol
Alcohol is the single greatest contributing factor to fatal motor vehicle accidents. In addition, some prescription medications may have the same effect as alcohol. Do not drink alcoholic beverages before or during a driving trip, and consult your doctor about possible side effects of any medications you may be taking.