This New Years, instead of making a resolution you quickly forget, consider making a resolution that could help to keep you safe and that could help you avoid the risk of endangering your friends, family members or even complete strangers.
The resolution to consider: becoming a safer driver.
According to a CNN.com article, the majority of Americans think that they are good drivers. Unfortunately, their actions betray the truth, as does the fact that there are thousands of accidents in North and South Carolina each year.
The sad fact is that drivers often make dangerous or careless decisions when driving. Our Greenville personal injury lawyers believe that people do WANT to be good drivers, so we urge every driver to resolve in 2013 to take some concrete steps to become safer and more effective behind the wheel.
How to Become a Better, Safer Driver in 2013
According to CNN.com, 2/3 of drivers responding to a recent Allstate Survey reported that they were either excellent drivers or very good drivers. Yet, their answers to other questions revealed that many of these “excellent” drivers are taking dangerous and unnecessary risks. It is these risks that you should resolve to avoid in 2013.
Some of the things you should do as part of your 2013 safe driving resolution include:
- Slowing down. Around 40 percent of people responding to the survey said they had driven at least 20 miles per hour faster than the speed limit allowed.
- Getting enough rest and not driving when you are tired. Around 45 percent of those responding to the survey said they had driven when they were so tired they were basically falling asleep. When you are overtired, your reflexes slow and your judgment is impaired. You are basically as dangerous as a drunk driver. If you actually fall asleep, then you become an even greater hazard since you won’t be able to see to avoid a crash.
- Staying sober. Around 15 percent of survey respondents admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Putting the phone away. A full 34 percent of respondents to the survey indicated that they had sent a text message or an email while they were driving. Drivers in the younger aged groups send disproportionately more messages than those in older age groups.
- Yielding when it is not your turn to go. Failure to yield is always a major risk yet many drivers do it anyway. Remember, you have to yield not just to cars but also to pedestrians or bicycle riders when it is there turn.
- Taking responsibility for making safe driving choices. According to the CNN article, people tend to blame outside circumstances when doing something bad, such as justifying running a red light because you are late for a doctor’s appointment. Ultimately, though, it is up to you to stay safe and it is no ones fault but your own if you make a bad driving decision and cause a crash.
These are just a few of the many different driving behaviors that you should resolve to practice in 2013. If everyone commits to being more careful and less careless behind the wheel, a significant number of accidents can be avoided and people can finally be the good or excellent drivers that they believe they are and claim to be.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP. Call 1.800.533.6845. *There’s No Attorney Fees Until You’ve Been Paid.
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North Carolina Traffic Safety: From Drugs to Cell Phones, Motorists Influence Risks, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, August 21, 2012