Road Safety 101: 5 Tips To Keep Your Passengers Safe
The stats are in, 25% to 50% of all traffic crashes on the road are due to distracted driving.
That’s a huge percentage, and it makes sense considering we live in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area (DMV), the heart of the Nation’s Capital.
There is so much energy, so much congestion, so many busy people doing amazing things. Google just grabbed some headquarters in Reston, VA, and Amazon is following the train.
Our roads get more and more congested as the Tech industry grabs land surrounding Washington, DC.
So this is all very exciting until you get in your car and drive an entire hour to work and back in traffic. Just to put this in perspective, a drive from Tysons, VA to Bethesda without traffic only takes 15 minutes.
It’s no wonder the human mind gets distracted. What an annoying thing to have to do daily.
And you’re not alone. The average American spends over 100 minutes per day driving.
So we’re here to get you equipt with some excellent tips. This way, you can hit the road in safety mode.
The Top Tips For Staying Safe On The Road
Here are the top five tips for driving safely on the road. No matter where you are, protect yourself and your passengers!
1. Give Yourself Time
Get up early. Give yourself enough time to get dressed, brush your teeth, guzzle down that pot of coffee, and hit the road prepared for the day.
Being in a rush can create and stress anxiety which is not suitable for a long ride in the car. If you’re prepared for the day, and you leave the house with plenty of time, you’ll feel more focused when you get on the road.
2. Don’t Text and Drive
People can wait for you to respond to their messages. In fact, making people wait shows them that you have other stuff on your plate, like jamming out to your favorite song and surrendering to the traffic ahead.
Stats from the National Safety Council are just in, and 1.6 million accidents in the US are caused by cell phone usage. This results in an astounding 330,000 injuries. Think about it: do you really want to hurt yourself over a text message?
3. Check the Weather
Check the weather when the sun wakes you up! Will it be a rainy day? Maybe snow is in the forecast. You’ll want to be prepared for any storms before you hit the road so that you can brace yourself.
4. Keep up with Maintenance
Make sure you’re keeping up with all the routine maintenance for your vehicle. Have you changed your oil? Are all your fluids topped off? Do you have enough gas in the car to get from point A to point B?
5. Plan ahead
Just in case anything goes wrong, it’s crucial to plan ahead. Have a tow company in mind that you can call if you end up stranded. Think ahead so that you’re ready for anything that might happen.
While you’re at it, keep Geyers Towing in your back pocket, we’ll be there to help you with all your car emergencies- 24/7!