When commuting by car, it’s important that your safety takes priority over everything else. That includes the time it takes to get to your destination, your morning coffee and your passengers.
There are a variety of steps you can take to maintain your safety, including but not limited to the following:
- Get enough sleep before your morning commute: Commuting to the office when you’re tired increases the risk of an accident, as you could fall asleep at the wheel.
- Avoid distractions: Distractions are everywhere, especially if you become bored with your commute. You could grab a bite to eat, text a loved one, make a phone call or converse with passengers. While these things can help pass the time, they can also cause a crash.
- Beware of other drivers: No matter how hard you try to avoid it, you’ll come across dangerous drivers during your commute. These people don’t follow the rules of the road, such as passing other vehicles in the right lane, blowing through red lights and speeding excessively.
- Watch for road debris: From shredded tires to trash cans to tree limbs, road debris can cause an accident (along with damage to your vehicle).
Not only can an accident ruin your commute, but it can also damage your vehicle and cause serious injury or even death. And for that reason, you must protect yourself at all costs.
Should a negligent driver cause a crash, call 911, receive medical treatment and then take steps to protect your legal rights. You have every right to hold them responsible for their mistake — and your losses.