When you think of car safety tips, what comes to mind? Maybe you think about basic stuff like no speeding and watch traffic signals. But when operating a vehicle, there are so many safety issues to consider.
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Don't Ever Text and Drive
Although most people know this, it's important enough that it's worth mentioning. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes per year. Every one out of four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving (source). It's not worth the risk, whatever the message is…it can wait!
Always Watch Other Drivers
It's easy to think that if you're a good driver you have nothing to worry about on the road. But that couldn't be further from the truth. Like my grandpa used to say, “It's not me I'm worried about, it's the other guy!”
Being aware of your surroundings at all times is essential to car safety. Just yesterday I had a close call as I was driving to pick up my daughter from college. An oncoming car swerved and was in my lane, coming at me head on. I started to swerve to the right but there really wasn't a shoulder, I would have gone up a curb and into shrubbery that separated the road I was on from the highway. Thank goodness the car swerved back at the last minute, but it was super scary. It just goes to show that you might be doing everything right, but you need to watch out for the other guy!
Be Over Prepared
Maybe things like accidents don't go through your mind. I know I didn't think much about car safety until I had kids. Now I think about being prepared for things, like a breakdown or worse, an accident.
Carrying around a car window breaker tool is something every parent should do. I hope and pray you won't ever have to use it, but again, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
No Ear buds While Driving
Music is the thing these day, and many people, myself included, love to listen to music while driving. Thank goodness most of us have car stereos. But if you don't or you just think you want the loud experience that using ear buds can give you, please think again.
With a car stereo, you can still hear what's going on around you- other cars, police or fire sirens, and the like. When you put ear buds in, all you hear is music. Usually it's so loud in your ear canal that you wouldn't hear any other road noises, which isn't a good thing. Ditch the ear buds and turn up the stereo!
Kids Seated Safely
Most parents know this of course, but always make sure to have the proper car seat for your child. Also make sure it's in the proper position, whether front or rear facing. And the back seat is always the safest place for any child, whether in a car seat or not.
Have any car safety tips to add to the list? Share them below in the comments!