February 18, 2016
Driving Safely to Save
New and old safe driving habits to help keep you on the road in 2016.
It’s no secret that car accidents can lead to exorbitant costs. In 2013 alone, motor vehicle accidents cost $44 billion in medical and work loss expenses nationwide. Accidents aside, don’t forget speeding tickets, driving school fees, and the penalizing insurance rates. Plus, you can’t put a price tag on the mental and emotional strain. The cost of unsafe driving habits just isn’t worth the stress on you or your wallet!
You owe it to yourself to drive safely. The following tips will not only help you save your money, but possibly your life.
Put your shades on
That pair of polarized Ray-Bans you’ve been eyeing for a while? Well, they are actually a smart investment. When the sun is glaring and impeding your vision on the road, polarized lenses offer you the best form of eye protection and vision-aid a pair of sunglasses can.
The good ol’ seatbelt
Wearing a seatbelt is still an effective way to avoid a serious injury in a car accident. You’d think strapping-in has become second nature, but national statistics say otherwise. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated only 82% of drivers in Arizona were wearing seatbelts, so there are still 18% of us who aren’t wearing our most basic safety defense. Put it on!
Keep your distance
Remember the 3-second rule? It goes a little something like, “one-alligator, two alligator, three-alligator…” and it’s useful! You should stay three heavy-paused seconds behind the driver in front of you to be considered at a safe following distance. Double the count at night, and triple it for bad weather.
Don’t “hold the phone”
Yikes! According to the most recent National Security Council (NSC) stats, a staggering 1.6 million car crashes each year involve cell phones and 1 in 4 accidents are due to texting while driving. Don’t let yourself be victim to this increasing epidemic. The call from whatshisface can wait—and if it can’t, pull over! Or explore one of the many available hands-free options at your local tech store.
With the time you spend (or don’t spend) trying to calculate your BAC level, you could have made it home via a taxi. You’ve heard the horror stories and you may even know a DUI driver or victim, and they will all say the same thing: don’t even think about it. Designate a DD or call an Uber. With all the options out there, there is no excuse to drink and drive.
It’s time to reevaluate your safe (or unsafe) driving habits. It’s never too late to change how you drive! For more tips on safe driving and the right auto insurance policy for you, contact Brewer-Lloyd Insurance Group in Mesa, Arizona.