When you get behind the wheel of your car, safety should be your top concern. More than 1,100 people lost their lives, and tens of thousands were injured on Pennsylvania’s highways and byways in 2020, underscoring the need for increased safety measures for all drivers. A rundown of safe-driving tips can increase your chances of avoiding a car accident, whether you’re on your morning commute or taking a weekend road trip.
Rid Yourself of Distractions While Driving
As personal injury attorneys in Berks County can attest, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in Pennsylvania, resulting in personal injury or wrongful death claims. Never ever text while driving and avoid scrolling through radio stations to find a song you like. If your kids are having an argument, pull over and take care of the problem. Anything that distracts you for even a split second from what’s going on while you drive has the potential to cause you to wreck.
Know Your (and Others’) Blind Spots
It’s vital that you are able to see all areas around your car while you’re driving. Adjust your car’s mirrors as necessary so that your blind spots are all covered. And don’t forget that other drivers have blind spots too. For instance, a semi-truck driver has to deal with very large blind spots, so never just assume that a big rig driver sees you on the road.
Keep Up With Car Maintenance
Don’t let your car’s maintenance fall behind. This includes keeping your oil and fluids changed and topped off, getting brakes or brake pads when needed, and making sure your tires have sufficient tread for a variety of road conditions. Cars that are in good condition are usually safer to handle on the road.
Be Extra Vigilant at Night
Vision is not as good at night as it is during the day — both yours and that of other drivers. For this reason alone, it pays to be extra vigilant about your driving after the sun goes down. Moreover, people are more likely to be driving drunk or under the influence after dark, so being extra cautious behind the wheel can help you avoid a car accident due to the negligence of others.
Have you or a loved one been injured on Pennsylvania’s roadways? You’re not alone. Reach out to the competent team of litigators at Kozloff Stoudt to arrange a consultation with a car or motorcycle accident attorney in Reading, PA.