Exercising caution on the road doesn’t require a degree but it does require a degree of effort. Besides adhering to traffic laws, following some tips will help you stay vigilant and avoid a devastating collision. Yes, there are so many unpredictable scenarios out there but you can’t do nothing about those. All you can do is avoid as many dangers as possible and contact a Salt Lake City car accident lawyer if the unfortunate happens.
No doubt using the fastlane is a rush. You feel like a superhero except there is no one to save but yourself when driving at such speed provokes a collision. You should always avoid the fast lane whenever possible as most accidents occur in the left lane. Also, the highway patrol becomes more suspicious of your whereabouts.
It’s important to keep looking ahead and beware of blind spots. Adjust your side mirrors properly but don’t expect them to show you the whole picture. Turn and look to see if there is something you may have missed. Remember other drivers have blind spots too. Avoid lingering on these spots. Sometimes the vehicle in front of you may stop or turn suddenly so it’s important you look at the areas ahead.
Make sure both of your hands are resting on the steering wheel. The 9 and 3 o’clock position is recommended as it allows more control of your vehicle when involved in an accident. You can also move the seat close to the steering wheel so your arms can rest on it. It helps with driver fatigue and it’s the best position for optimal maneuvering.
Car maintenance is very essential to keep a vehicle in optimal conditions. Stay away from drivers operating vehicles in poor conditions. Remember they have less visibility and more probability of an accident. You should also stay away from drunk drivers, drivers texting, and overly preoccupied drivers.
Understand your car performance limitations. Your vehicle may react differently in every situation. Older cars particularly will struggle at high speeds. Also, be realistic about the amount of grip your tires have. Some people like purchasing cheap tires, which reduces the handling capability. Cheap tires tend to break more and they can’t handle unpredictable situations. Just keep your car in good shape and attend your scheduled car maintenance.
Avoid driving at night whenever possible. You will have less visibility and may feel more fatigued. Also, drunk drivers are more probable at night as many people leave parties at bars during late hours. If you have burnout taillights or headlights, avoid those mysterious dark alleys shown in actions movies. There may be some action but this is exactly the type of action we avoid in real life.
Last but not least, contact a Salt Lake City car accident lawyer if things get out of hand. Sometimes we can’t prevent an accident from happening but we certainly can take all the necessary legal steps to receive compensation for all the damaged caused and injuries sustained in the accident. Call us today and schedule your initial consultation.