Obeying traffic laws is a simple yet often overlooked action to prevent accidents. Even the slightest error such as not signaling before turning or following too closely can be lethal. By following the rules of the road you are ensuring that:
- Vehicles and Pedestrians around you are aware of what you are doing
- You are aware of the obstacles of the road, whether they are visible or not
- You are not liable for a traffic violation, saving you from fines and possible injury
When everyone is following the rules, the road is more organized, more efficient, and most importantly safer. There are a few traffic violations that are popularly disregarded, but if ignored even at the slightest can cause a major accident. The most frequent traffic violations include:
- Distracted Driving
- Driving While Under the Influence
- Not following street signs and stop lights
Though they may seem obvious, many people still do not follow these rules; here are a few tips on how to stay safe on the road:
Follow the street signs
Whether it is a stop sign, a speed limit, or a construction sign it is always imperative that you are observing and reacting to these instructions. They are placed there for the safety of the vehicles on the road.
Use the two second rule
There is no need to tailgate the driver in front of you; this is a frequent cause of accidents where the person that was driving too close is usually held liable. Make sure that you are at least two seconds away from the vehicle in front of you. A good way to measure this is to count how long it takes you to pass a still object they had passed, if it approaches you faster than it takes you to count to two, it is safe to say you need to give the car some space.
Focus on driving while driving
People focusing on other activities while driving such as texting, talking to a passenger, or changing the radio station can cause a mass amount of accidents on the road and lead to injuries. It is pinnacle that while driving that the operator of the vehicle has their eyes on the road.
- Maintain your vehicle properly
It is very important to upkeep your vehicle to avoid failure, breakdowns, and accidents. It is also key to make sure all signal lights including turning signals and brake signals are working on your vehicle. These signal help communicate your intended actions so they can prepare for them.
Don’t trust that people will follow all traffic laws
As simple as these tips are there will be people who do not obey them. Therefore, it is useful to be cautious of other drivers on the road and expect errors and traffic violations.
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