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Safe Driving: 6 Proactive Steps You Can Take

safe drivingThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers tips to commercial drivers regarding driver safety.  However, commercial drivers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this advice.  Below are six proactive steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones on the road.  At Fetterman & Associates, we hope you are never in a car crash.  Following this advice won’t be able to stop every car crash, however, it can make a difference.

Expect the Unexpected

As you drive, expect the unexpected.  Scan ahead about a quarter mile down the road if you are on the interstate.  When driving in the city, scan one to two blocks ahead of you, looking for issues.  This includes:

  • unanticipated road conditions, such as work zones;
  • evidence another driver is distracted, such as a car that is weaving within a lane, or drifting from one lane to another;
  • slowing traffic; and
  • other dangers or problems.

By scanning the road for the unexpected, you will be better prepared to handle any unexpected issues.

Signal Before You Move

Whether you are changing lanes or turning, use your signal to let others know you are changing course.  Give other drivers on the road plenty of notice about your plans.  It doesn’t cost anything to turn your blinker on.  Using your blinker not only alerts those behind you, but also vehicles that are approaching you intend to divert from your path.

Slow Down

Speeding is dangerous.  Particularly in work zones, where lanes can change in unpredictable ways, be mindful of your speed.  When the weather is dangerous, such as during a rainstorm, you should also reduce your speed.

Keep Your Vehicle Properly Maintained

Make sure you comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations for car maintenance.  Your life may literally depend on the quality of your tires and/or your brakes.  Make sure your car is well maintained.

Wear Your Seat Belt

This cannot be stressed enough.  Wearing your seatbelt protects you in a crash.  Even if you are the most careful driver in the state of Florida, this won’t protect you from injury or even death if another person crashes into your car at a high rate of speed.  Seat belts save lives.

Pay Attention

Put your phone away.  Eat before you leave or after you arrive.  Plan your route prior to departure.  When you are driving, make sure you give driving your full attention.  Distracted driving kills.

If You Have Been Hurt in a Car Crash

If you have been hurt in a car crash, contact the Law Team at Fetterman & Associates.  At Fetterman & Associates, we are committed to providing comprehensive legal representation.  Our clients meet with attorneys directly – no middle man relaying your case to an attorney on your behalf.  If you are recovering from your injuries and can’t come into the office, we will dispatch our mobile office, sending an attorney directly to you.  We have an in house investigative team and experienced support staff.  You may rest assured your case is in capable hands at Fetterman & Associates.  Call us for a free consultation at (561) 845-2510 today.

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