A New Year is upon us, and with it always comes resolutions. Don’t have a resolution yet? Being a better and safer driver is always an admirable goal, and it comes with a huge benefit: potentially saving your life, the lives of your loved ones, and even the lives of total strangers.
This year, do your best to live up to these resolutions:
- Avoid distracted driving—Almost all drivers are well aware of the dangers of texting while driving. But that’s just one type of distraction (visual). There are two others—cognitive and manual. Cognitive means keeping your mind on driving, and manual means keeping your hands on the wheel.
- Be extra cautious at intersections—Many crashes occur at intersections, and they’re often due to drivers failing to stop at stop signs or red lights. In addition to always coming to a complete stop and following traffic signals, you should also look both ways—even when you have a green light.
- Leave early to avoid the temptation to speed—Most drivers don’t speed just for the sake of it, but they may be tempted to do so—or to engage in other risky behaviors—when they’re running late. Speeding, passing, and stress can be a deadly combination. Do yourself a favor and leave earlier when heading out for work or school.
- Never drink and drive—If you’ve had alcohol and need to drive home, don’t. Instead, stay where you are, have a friend or family member take you home, call a taxi, or use a rideshare service. There’s no excuse to drive drunk or buzzed in 2021!
Unfortunately, not all Tennessee drivers will have these resolutions for the new year. So if one of them causes an accident that injures you or someone else, give the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law a call—we’re here to help.