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Defensive Driving Techniques To Keep You Safe This Summer

“Have you ever noticed that anyone driving slower than you is an idiot,
and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”
George Carlin

George Carlin was onto something – everyone thinks they are the good drivers, and that’s a problem. Studies show that somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 Americans are killed in auto accidents each year. As this summer is winding down, you may still have a road trip left on the calendar. With that, here are a few tips to help you prepare for a safer trip.

Before You Embark:

Before you load up your vehicle and take off, be sure to perform routine maintenance and check-up.

  • Rotate your tires
  • Fluids checked
  • Change the oil
  • Check your battery
  • Have your breaks tested
  • Check your headlights and break lights

Load Up & Lock Down:

Here are a few questions to ask before you put your vehicle in drive.

  • Are we all buckled up?
  • Do I need to adjust my mirrors?
  • Is everything in the cab secure?
  • Can I improve my visibility?
  • Is my hitch totally secure?
  • Is my camper secure?
  • Is everything on the boat secure?
  • Are trailer lights fully functional?

On The Road Again:

And…you’re off! Now here are a few safe driving tips to keep in mind when you’re on the move. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists are the most vulnerable travellers on the roads. Be on the look out for any and all of them.

  • Cars stopped in traffic may be letting pedestrians pass. Beware before you zoom by in the passing lane.
  • Crosswalks in some parts of the country are more frequently used than in others. Heads up!
  • School’s out, but kids and teachers may still be around those school zones this time of year. Proceed with caution.
  • Most motorcycle collisions occur with vehicles making turns. Double check for motorcycles before you turn.

Beware of Hazards:

In addition to vulnerable travelers, being cognizant of hazards can help you stay safe on the roads this summer.

  • Summer can do a number on your tires. Think through what to do in case of tire blowouts.
  • Lots of construction typically happens during the summer months. Construction work zones have a raised number for accidents. Slow down and stay aware of construction vehicles.
  • Since school is out, more teenagers will be on the road throughout the day. Not assuming drivers are prepared to do what they are supposed to do is a safety measure we recommend.

Have You Been In An Accident?

If you’ve already suffered an auto accident this summer, or in recent months, let’s talk about whether or not you have a case to pursue compensation for potentially liable parties. Often multiple entities should share the burden of responsibility for the damages caused in an auto accident.

Our Santa Rosa auto accident lawyers can visit you in your home or hospital if necessary. We welcome you to contact us to schedule a free initial consultation at your convenience after a rear end collision or other type of car or truck crash.