Are you starting to think of resolutions for the new year? Perhaps this year, one of your resolutions can be to set higher safety standards for yourself while you go about driving on the roads. The best car accident is the one that does not happen at all! Though it is impossible to prevent every car crash that happens on the roads, and we cannot control how other drivers operate their vehicles, we can do our part in becoming the safest drivers possible. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks on how to do this:

Stay Focused

Did you know that daydreaming, or driving while distracted causes approximately 62% of car accidents? By staying focused on the road and eliminating distractions within your vehicle, such as cell phones, loud music, and pesky passengers, you can lower your chances of being caught off guard and getting involved in an accident.

Be Prepared

Getting into an accident is often the last thing on our minds while we are driving, and definitely not what any of us intend when we set off on a trip, however, being proactive and anticipating an accident can actually help prevent one from happening. Be sure to leave enough following distance between you and the cars in front of you while traveling, and stay aware of your surroundings. 

Stay Well Rested

Did you know that driving drowsy can be as dangerous as driving drunk? Lack of sleep affects your reaction time and your ability to accurately observe your surroundings and safely operate your vehicle. Though fairly preventable, 3 out of 10 people admit to driving while overly drowsy. Boost energy by eating nutritionally, or having someone accompany you on your drive next time you feel like you might nod off. 

Stay Sober

Approximately 17 million people have admitted to driving drunk. 1 in 3 people will be involved in a drunk driving related accident in their lifetime. These statistics are baffling, when considering that drunk driving is completely preventable with rideshare and taxi options available. 

Buckle Up

Did you know that wearing a seatbelt can reduce your chances of fatal injury in a car accident by 45%? Taking this simple step can benefit you greatly should you get into an accident. 

As you can see, there are several ways that we can increase our safety on the roads, even though we cannot completely control what other drivers decide to do. Make one of your resolutions to be a better driver. If you should get into an accident, be sure to contact Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers to handle your case.