Get There In One Piece

Safe Driving Tips and Resources

Despite being a mundane daily activity, driving your car puts you at serious risk of injury nearly every time you get being the wheel. Whether it's road conditions, other driver behavior, mechanical failure, or some other factor, every driver is at the mercy of forces that are out of their control.

Numbers Game

With the vast number of cars on the road and millions of vehicle miles driven, collisions and accidents are bound to happen. This never more evident that in high population areas like Los Angeles. For example, according to Los Angels car accident attorney Brian Panish, there are over 7.5 million motor vehicles in Los Angeles County - a figure so high that only 5 TOTAL STATES exceed.

Distracted Driving

When you are on the road, take a look around you. More likely than not, you will see other drivers in various states of distraction. Texting, talking on a mobile phone, eating, looking up directions, doing their hair or makeup, or even talking with passengers, there are a million and one things that can lead to distracted driving.

Whatever the cause, the results are clear. In 2010, nearly 3100 people were killed as a result of distracted driving and nearly 420,000 others were injured.

Poor Road Conditions

Cities, counties and states are responsible for keeping roads in safe condition. Sometimes, things are overlooked and potholes don't get filled, guardrails don't get replaced, and unsafely designed roads don't get corrected.

In fact, a 2009 study found that road conditins were a factor in 22,000 fatalities and cost $217.5 billion each year.

Oh, Behave!

Over 90 percent of auto accidents are cause by bad driver behavior. Driving recklessly, speeding, drunk driving, drowsy driving, changing lanes without signaling, the list goes on and on. Worldwide, there are 3,500 auto accident deaths per day or 150 every hour, and nearly 3 people are killed on the road every minute.

It sounds bad, but luckily there are a few things you can do to lower your risk of being involved in an accident.

Big image

Safe Driving Tips

1. DON'T use your phone while driving. No texts, no calls, no internet, no gps until you are safely stopped. Reports show that even using hands free devices are distracting.

2. DON'T drink and drive.

3. DO get plenty of rest and pull over if you are tired.

4. DO buckle up. Not wearing a seatbelt is a sure way to turn a non fatal accident into a fatal one.

5. DO obey the speed limit.

6. DO assume that other drivers don't see you. Drive defensively.

7. DO use your signal for every turn and lane change.

8. DON'T follow other cars too closely.

9. DO keep up with your vehicle's maintenance.

10. DO be extra careful in bad weather.