Three Things You Need To Know To Protect Yourself On The Road

bmw-918407_640Some accidents are unavoidable. That’s just an unfortunate fact of life on the road. Most accidents, though?

You can prevent them if you’re careful enough. For every collision, there are things both drivers could have done differently. For every accident, there are actions that could have been taken to prevent it.

That’s why today, we’re going to go over a few things you should always keep in mind while you’re behind the wheel – follow the advice here, and you’ll stay safe.

Always Stay Calm and Alert

Impairment comes in many forms – it isn’t just drugs and alcohol that can put you at risk. Driving tired can be every bit as bad as driving drunk, and texting while driving actually cuts your reaction time by even more than alcohol. You need to keep that in mind.

More importantly, when drivers around you make mistakes, you need to remain calm. Driving angry or upset causes you to make snap decisions you’d ordinarily avoid, and can easily lead you into a collision. Don’t let other drivers make you angry enough that you become a worse driver as a result.

Keep Other Cars Out Of Your Bubble

When you’re on the road, you need to always stay aware of the vehicles around you. Never allow yourself to get boxed in by other vehicles. Maintain at least two seconds of following distance between yourself and other cars – at least one full vehicle’s worth of distance where possible. Adjust your position so you’re never driving in the blind spot of others, and to keep other people out of yours.

Most importantly, never allow tailgating. If you have a tailgater behind you, adjust your speed or change lanes to let them pass.

Know The Road

The most important thing while on the road is to be prepared for anything traffic might throw at you. That includes road conditions, weather conditions, congestion, and more. Don’t be afraid to adjust or adapt your driving based on weather conditions – the posted speed limit may be just fine in sunny weather, but if there’s a blizzard, driving it could put you at risk.

Additionally, you should always keep an emergency plan in mind. How will you deal with an accident you’re involved in? What can you do if your car ends up running off the road in bad weather? These are all questions you need to ask yourself – and factors you need to keep in mind.

Stay Safe

Following the advice here will help you be safer on the road – but not every accident can be avoided. If you’ve been injured in a collision, Bormaster can help. Consultations are free – contact us today, and we’ll do what we can to ensure the people responsible are held to account.