Not only can driving unsafely cause an accident that could lead to serious injury or even worse, it has the potential to increase your insurance premiums. And who really wants to pay more for the same coverage? By developing safe driving habits, you have the potential to save yourself thousands over the years and prevent accidents that cause medical issues.
1. Avoid Distracted Driving
Stop partaking in other tasks while driving. Texting isn’t the only task people do while driving that contributes to the thousands of people who die or are injured as a result of distracted driving. In fact, in 2013 alone, 3,154 people were killed in accidents because of this, and 424,000 were injured in the same year for the same reason. Examples of distracted driving include eating, drinking, reading, grooming, talking to passengers, talking on the phone and changing the radio.
2. Stop Speeding
Yes, it’s great that your vehicle can accelerate over 100 miles per hour without any problem. And yes, you may be able to handle the vehicle going 20, 30 or more miles per hour over the speed limit on a straight stretch without cars. However, other vehicles, turns, bumps and obstacles that arise on the road all make going over the speed limit any number of miles dangerous. The speed limit was developed for a reason; so people know the highest speed that’s safe on a particular road.
3. Don’t Drive Too Closely to Other Cars
You’re not going to save much time by tailgating the vehicle in front of you. You’ll make them nervous, and it makes it harder for you to stop if the person in front of you makes a sudden turn or stop. Generally, you should have a three-second distance in between you and the car in front of you.
Shaner Insurance Group, Inc. understand no matter how safe you drive, accidents happen, so you need to be protected. Contact us today for a quote.