Automobile accidents can happen in an instant. The slightest distraction, taking an unnecessary risk, or putting makeup on in traffic may result in anything from a fender bender to a serious collision with multiple injuries. Drivers who have been on the road for years or decades have probably forgotten all the defensive driving techniques learned in high school driver’s education class.
The single most important element to safe driving is to remain alert and pay attention to how you are driving as well as how the driver next to you is doing. Anticipating the moves of surrounding drivers is as important as driving safe in your vehicle.
Common sense will prevent a significant amount of injuries. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is using a seat belt. Anyone who refuses gets out of the car. As the driver, insist that the vehicle does not start until all passengers are buckled. People will grumble and argue but that is easier to take than having to live with the fact that their injury could have been prevented.
Call a Taxi
There is no excuse for drinking and driving, and it is against the law. If a designated driver was not selected, call a taxi for a ride home. Make sure the vehicle is locked and legally parked and leave it there. No one wants to wake up with a hangover to discover that the driver crashed the car a few streets over and killed the remaining passengers.
In an article entitled Steering Clear Of Danger: How To Avoid Trouble Behind The Wheel Of Your Mercedes, simple tips are outlined to avoid accidents. Pulling over at a rest stop when tired is one such tip. Driving while tired slows reflexes and diminishes concentration.
Pay attention to speed. A smooth moving vehicle will not always reflect the speed at which it is moving. It is not uncommon to glance down at the speedometer and be surprised at how fast the vehicle is going. Another important tip is to be aware of anger, so it can be controlled. Road rage is responsible for a substantial number of accidents each year.