Looking for ways to be a better driver in the city of Chicago? Do you have a teen who just received their license and is in need of some additional tips they can implement as they now spend more of their time out on the roadways? If so, the Chicago truck accident lawyers at Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd have a few helpful ones you can begin implementing immediately.
There are many ways an individual can improve their level of safety when driving on the roadway. The fact is, we can all use a little refresher on ways to make our trips a little safer as the roadways have become a rather dangerous place these days. Although checking your rear-view and side mirrors to ensure it is safe for you to change lanes is one way to prevent an accident, there are numerous ways you can increase your chances of avoiding one.
Below are ways you and your family can make your next trip out on the road the safest one possible
- Avoid texting and talking on your cell phone. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), cell phones, even when used in the hands-free mode, do not eliminate cognitive distraction. NSC also points out that “The brain not only juggles tasks, it also juggles focus and attention. When people attempt to perform two cognitively complex tasks such as driving and talking on a phone, the brain shifts its focus.” This results in having important information such as a red light fall out of view. Hence, you are more likely to crash into the car in front of you that has stopped abruptly when talking on the phone.
- Keep your eyes on the vehicle in front of you as well as the car that is about five inches ahead of them. If you see that vehicle ahead hitting their brakes, chances are you will need to as well.
- Check your tire pressure on a monthly basis. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “vehicles driving on tires underinflated by more than 25 percent are three times more likely to be involved in a crash related to tire problems than vehicles with proper inflation” [Source: Consumer Reports].
- Be cautious when driving next to large vehicles such as buses, semi-trucks, and other commercial vehicles. Avoid riding too closely or braking abruptly as these larger vehicles require more time to stop. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it takes loaded tractor-trailers 20-40 percent longer to stop than cars “and the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes.”
As much effort as we put forth to protect ourselves and our family from a car or truck accident, some are unavoidable. If you were recently involved in a vehicular accident in the Chicago area, let the personal injury lawyers at Dinizulu Law Group help get you the compensation you deserve. You can contact our office by calling 1-312-384-1920.