If you’re new to driving, you’ve probably been looking forward to enjoying your newfound freedom this summer. Summer is a great time to hit the road with friends and family, but it can also present many dangers—especially for teen drivers. During the summer months, there’s a 25% jump in fatal teen car accidents compared to the rest of the year. Follow these simple tips to help avoid preventable car accidents.
Four Tips for Safe Driving
Whether you’re a parent of a teen driver or a new driver yourself, review these potentially life-saving tips before getting behind the wheel.
- Put your phone away: Distracted driving causes thousands of accidents each year. Cognitive, visual, and manual distractions all lead to accidents; using your phone involves all three. Put your phone out of reach and keep your mind on driving, your eyes on the road, and your hands on the wheel when you’re in the driver’s seat.
- Keep both hands on the wheel: It may seem convenient to drive with one hand. Unfortunately, it can also cause you to lose control of the vehicle when trying to avoid a car accident. Keeping both hands on the wheel at all times can help you stay in control of the vehicle and prevent collisions.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Seeing what is happening on the road in front of you is important, but remember to regularly check your surroundings when driving. Adjust your mirrors so you can see behind and beside your vehicle, and be sure to check your blind spots before switching lanes.
- Follow the speed limit: Speed limits exist to keep drivers, their passengers, and pedestrians safe on the road. When everyone follows the speed limit, it creates a safe flow of traffic that can help prevent accidents. Even if you are in a hurry, remember the importance of driving at a safe speed. You could save your own life or the life of someone else on the road.
Discuss Your Car Accident Claim With Leav & Steinberg LLP
Sadly, even when you take every precaution, there will always be unsafe drivers on the road. If you’ve suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a reckless driver, the compassionate attorneys at Leav & Steinberg can help. Our team has helped clients throughout New York seek justice and collect compensation for their injuries. Call us today at 212-766-5222 for your free consultation.