You may not always realize it, but every time we get behind the wheel of our cars, we are taking a huge risk. Car accidents happen every day! In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents happen every minute of the day. Motor vehicle accidents occur in any part of the world every 60 seconds. So with that said, all of us here at DeVoe Cadillac thought it would be a good idea to do a blog series with safe driving tips. Sure, they will be tips you’ve probably already heard, but a reminder never hurt anybody!
- First, never ever drive drunk! We think this goes without saying considering the consequences of drunk driving. If you get caught, you’re going to pay quite a hefty fine and probably spend some time in jail. But even more serious than that are the consequences if you were to hit someone head on. And the thing is, these accidents are so easy to avoid. Either drink with a designated driver, or ask the bar tender to call a cab for you. Simple as that!
- Next, don’t speed. According to the NHTSA, “”Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. The economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is estimated by NHTSA to be $40.4 billion per year. In 2008, speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes, and 11,674 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes”. We’re not trying to scare you; we just want you to be aware of how serious some of the seemingly little issues are.
- Lastly, avoid distractions. Much like how driving impaired is very dangerous, driving distracted is equally, if not more dangerous. And again, these accidents are very easy to avoid – especially texting and driving. If someone else is in the car, just have them shoot off a text for you. If you’re all alone, wait till you get to your destination, or pull off to the side of the road to text. No text message is more important than your life!
Again, this is only part one of a three part series on safe driving habits. We hope they were a good reminder for you! Be sure to check our blog in the coming weeks for parts two and three.