[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We would guess that not many people have actively made a New Years resolution to 'become a better driver'. With people returning to work and school after the holidays, we're guessing that some people have wished other drivers had made that resolution. While we cannot control the habits of other drivers, what we can do is resolve to become better drivers ourselves. While becoming a better driver will not make other drivers do the same, it can still help reduce the risk of a car accident. And if the resolution for 2019 was to be more honest with ourselves, we all could become better drivers. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has compiled some defensive driving tips that could help make the roads in 2019 safer for everyone. Avoid Distracted Driving - Distracted driving causes drivers to take their eyes off of the road and their minds off of the task at hand. While driving, avoid using a cell phone or doing any other activity that isn't driving. Be Aware of Your Surroundings - Knowing what is happening around your vehicle can prevent you from being involved in a crash. If you see something, you can react to it. Expect Other Drivers to Make Mistakes - If you watch another car passing you on the right and approaching a slower moving vehicle, will that car slow down or jump to your lane in front of you? If you anticipate other drivers making mistakes before they make them, you can react quickly. Slow Down - Speed is a factor in most fatal accidents. Slower driving speeds can allow for more reaction time if you need to come to a sudden stop. Follow at a Safe Distance - You never know when the car in front of you will need to stop. Or the car in front of that car. Follow at a distance where you know you'll be able to react and stop safely. Avoid Sudden Stops - You never know when the car behind you will fail to stop. If you can avoid it, try not to brake too suddenly. Acknowledge Blind Spots - Before changing lanes, always be sure your blind spot is clear. Avoid driving in other vehicles' blind spots for too long. They may forget you're there. Avoid Unnecessary Lane Changes - Weaving in and out of fast-moving traffic is dangerous. If you need to pass a slower moving vehicle, do so. If you need to let a faster moving vehicle pass, do so. But constantly changing lanes to avoid traffic does no one any favors. Use Your Turn Signals - Let others know where you are going so they can avoid you. Blinkers are especially important when attempting to make unprotected turns or approaching an intersection. Do Not Succumb to Road Rage - Nobody wins in a road rage incident. Staying calm can prevent aggressive driving that escalates into something more serious. Maintain Your Vehicle - If your car breaks down on the highway, you can be in immediate danger. If your tires are not inflated correctly, you risk a blowout. Proper vehicle maintenance can help to prevent these situations and many others. Wear Your Seatbelt - It could save your life. Don't Drive Under the Influence - Driving while drunk or high can puts yourself, as well as everyone else on the roads, in extreme danger. Over 10,000 people are killed each year in drunk driving incidents. Even if you don't hurt anyone, a DUI charge can cost tens of thousands of dollars, lead to suspended driving privileges, and even cost you your job. It's not worth it.
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