Driving is interesting, and most people are usually excited when they get behind the wheel for the first time. Unfortunately, driving is also responsible for most injuries and deaths in the country. This is why being safe on the road is one of the most discussed topics. But can you avoid an accident?
Here is what you need to know:
You can only do so much
It’s crucial to observe road safety – observing speed limits, not being distracted, obeying traffic laws and so on. This allows you to protect yourself and other road users. However, if a driver around you is not doing the same, you may be involved in an accident.
Can you spot signs?
Even though another driver may lead you to an accident, you can spot odd signs, including:
- Changing lanes unsafely
- Passing a stop sign/red light, and so on.
If you notice any of these, you should increase the safe distance or let them pass. For instance, if a driver is swerving, the chances are they may be drunk or distracted. Thus, you should increase the distance between your car and theirs.
If a driver is tailgating you, let them pass. If they don’t want to pass even when you give them the opportunity to and keep harassing you, pull over at a safe area, perhaps a gas station, and call the police.
Further, ensure you have worn your seat belt properly. This way, if anything happens, you should be protected.
While it’s vital to pay attention to your driving, you should be aware of what’s happening around you, as this can help you respond sooner when need be. If you are injured by a negligent driver, you may need to consider your legal options to get just compensation.