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3 Ways to Stay Safe on the Road

March 20th, 2021

If you drive often, you know that it can be unpredictable and sometimes scary. There are many things that can go wrong on the road, from an accident to a flat tire to other drivers simply acting inconsiderately. Often, other drivers and busy roads can make the situation worse. While you shouldn’t drive in fear all the time, there are some steps you can take to make driving safer. Here are three ways to stay safe on the road.

Make safety your #1 concern

When driving, you need to take the safety of yourself and others into consideration. Be polite and respectful on the road, even if others don’t extend the same courtesy. Road rage can threaten the safety of multiple drivers on the road!

If you have a flat tire, accident, or other emergency situation, do not get out of the vehicle to inspect your car. This is incredibly dangerous on busy roads. Instead, pull over to a safe, out-of-the-way spot. This could be a wide shoulder or emergency parking spot on the side of the road. Only then should you get out of the car. If you have been in an accident with another driver, signal for them to pull over too. Never get out of your car to repair a tire while your car is in the road—pull it over first.

Prepare for emergencies

Emergency gear like flags, flares, or reflective triangles are helpful in unexpected situations. These allow you to mark your location during an emergency, even if it occurs during the day. Always remember to turn on your flashers so other drivers are alerted to your presence.

Your emergency kit should include things like: 

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares, lights, flags, or reflective triangles
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Canned instant tire inflator
  • Gloves and a warm blanket in case of winter breakdown
  • Heavy-duty rope

Don’t drive distracted

Every year, distracted drivers are responsible for about 2.5 million accidents on the road. These days, it isn’t just kids who need to worry about texting and driving. As more and more seniors adopt smart phone usage, this is a problem that affects everyone. Plus, distracted driving doesn’t just mean texting and driving, either. It can mean something as simple as looking down at your phone to check Google Maps and missing a stop sign.

While you can’t account for other drivers, one tool that can make your car safer is a heads-up display. These allow you to focus on the road ahead of you, while still keeping navigation apps easily visible. Best of all, they work with the smartphone you already have.

What’s your best advice for staying safe on the road? Is there one safety device you don’t drive without? Let us know in the comments below!

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