• Oct
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Safe Driving Tips: How to Avoid Car Accidents

    If it’s been more than a few years since you first got your driver’s license, you may have forgotten the basics of defensive driving that you memorized so assiduously back then. But they remain just as important now as they were when you’re a novice and are worth revisiting. Below, you’ll find a few of those old basics, along with a couple of less conventional tips you can consider to ensure that your safe driving skills are well-honed and to help you avoid car accidents.

    • When you’re traveling on the highway, stick to the middle lane, or even the “slow lane” on the right side. You may feel more comfortable speeding along in the fast lane, but when you’re traveling all the way on the left you leave yourself without a lot of options in case you need to get out of somebody’s way or move onto the shoulder. Not only is the middle lane safer, but it is also less likely to attract the attention of police issuing speeding tickets.
    • Keep alert. When you’re driving you want to be aware of what’s going on ahead of you, but also want to know what’s on either side of you and even behind you. If you see a vehicle that is banged up, be mindful of what that might indicate to you about that driver’s abilities. And if you see a car driving aggressively, weaving or drifting over the lines, slow down or speed up to avoid them. Be aware of your vehicle’s blind spots too, as the more familiar you are with them the more carefully you will maneuver.
    • Keep your hands in the defensive position with hands at nine o’clock and three o’clock and make sure your seat is close enough so that you can rest your wrists on top of the steering wheel. These old rules may have seemed silly when you were 16, but that position helps avoid fatigue and keep you prepared for sudden moves that you might need to make to avoid a car accident.
    • Understand what your car can and cannot do and respond appropriately. If your vehicle can’t accelerate quickly, then don’t try to cut into traffic when there isn’t enough time. If your turning radius isn’t good, don’t try a U-turn in a narrow street.

    Driving defensively can help you be a better driver, but it doesn’t provide a guarantee. If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident and suffered an injury, contact us today to learn how we can help.

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