Between commuting to work, running errands, taking the kids to their activities, and traveling other places, people often spend a lot of time in their vehicles. As they spend more time in their vehicles without a wreck, it can become easy to let their vehicle safety practices slip a bit. Here are four things you will want to make sure you are doing to be a safe driver.
Avoid Driving While Tired
Make sure you have gotten a good night’s sleep before driving, especially when driving a significant distance. If you find yourself getting tired on a long trip, pull off the road. Get out of your vehicle and stretch, or take a quick nap. If you know you are going to be driving, in just for a short distance, avoid taking any medications that might make you tired.
Put Down Your Phone
While South Carolina law only prohibits texting while driving, talking on your phone and using other cell phone features can also distract you. When possible, avoid using your phone while driving. If you must use your phone while driving, make your calls as short as possible.
Appropriately Use Car Seats, Booster Seats, and Seat Belts
Babies and small children should be in car seats and booster seats. According to the law in South Carolina, children under 1 or who weigh less than 20 pounds should be in a rear-facing car seat. Those between 1 and 5, who weigh 20-40 pounds should be in a forward-facing car seat. Those 1-5 who weigh 40-80 pounds should be in a booster seat. Of course, these are minimum regulations. You may find it is best to have your child continue using a car seat or booster seat for longer. With a few exceptions, older children and adults should use seat belts whenever the vehicle is in motion.
Give Yourself Adequate Travel Time
When you are in a hurry to get to your destination, it is easy to fall into the trap of speeding or taking chances you would not normally take. Be sure to leave early enough that you do not have to rush to get anywhere on time. It is also important to always give yourself extra time during bad weather.
Unfortunately, even if you are working to be a safe driver, not everyone on the road is going to be a safe driver. If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, you may need the assistance of an accident attorney. To learn how we can help you, contact us.