Driving is a big responsibility, and as such, you should take it seriously. You want to do your best to keep yourself and those around you safe at all times. Here are the best ways to drive safely.
- Slow Down
Speeding is a significant contributor in about 26% of fatal traffic accidents. These fatalities were completely avoidable. Almost half of those deaths happened in accidents where the speed limit was lower than 55 mph.
Studies have shown that the average time a person saves when they’re speeding is roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute a day. It might seem like you are gaining more of an advantage when you put the pedal to the metal, but you aren’t. When you feel yourself getting frustrated, remember that your life and the life of those around you isn’t worth saving a few extra seconds on the road.
- Pay Attention to Signs
The Department of Transportation puts signs up to help guide you and let you know where you’re going and what the speed limit is. When you disregard those signs, you’re disregarding your safety. Construction signs Washington are posted to let you know that work is being done and that you need to slow down. It’s not only for your safety but also for the safety of the construction workers. Almost 100 road construction workers die each year in traffic accidents that could have been avoided if drivers had paid attention to the construction signs.
- Use Your Signals
When you’re on the road, it’s impossible to know what the drivers around you will do. That is why vehicles come with turn signals. If you don’t use them, someone might not realize that you’re changing lanes, and they could try to change lands simultaneously. Or, perhaps they don’t realize that you’re going to turn, so they accidentally rear-end you. Using your signals is vital in helping alert other drivers as to what your intentions are.