A New Year is upon us. With many people working from home or facing furlough and layoffs, you may actually be driving less than you did in 2019. But with a New Year ahead and the potential for a return to normalcy in the foreseeable future, what can you do to make sure you are a good motorist when you start commuting again? Below, we provide some tips.
- Stay alert. Especially after a prolonged break from driving, it can be easy to daydream or let your mind wander when you’re driving. But driving requires your full attention and concentration. Remind yourself to stay aware of your surroundings and what is happening in front of you.
- Put the phone away. Distracted driving remains a potent cause of motor vehicle accidents. Put your phone out of sight and out of mind. Turn the phone to silent so you aren’t tempted by its dings and alerts. Doing so could save your life and the lives of other motorists on the road.
- Don’t drink and drive. Even buzzed driving can cause you to be dangerously inattentive or slow to react.
- Obey posted speed limits. At the beginning of the shutdowns across the country, some drivers decided to push the boundaries on speed limits as the roads emptied of other motorists. Don’t do this. Speeding is always dangerous. It reduces your ability to control your vehicle, it reduces your time to react to situations, and it reduces the effectiveness of safety devices like seat belts.
- Make sure your car is properly tuned up. A “well-oiled machine” is less likely to stall or have mechanical problems on the road. These problems can lead to a collision.
While you can’t eliminate the risk of an accident entirely, you can reduce the risk with the tips above. Getting back into a regular commute, or even driving to the grocery store once a week, requires good driving skills to keep you and others as safe as possible.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash and believe someone else is at fault, please contact the experienced accident lawyers at Sklare Law Group in Chicago, by calling us at 312-263-0771.