Most of us spend a great deal of time in our vehicles, whether we’re commuting to work, shuttling the kids to their activities, or running errands. As you spend more hours on the road, your likelihood of being involved in a crash increases. Auto accident injuries can be deadly, so it’s important to do everything that you can to stay safe behind the wheel. Most people focus on the personal aspects of driving safety, like not driving under the influence, following traffic laws, and being cautious during inclement weather. But what about your vehicle itself? Are there some easy ways to make it safer for you and your passengers?
Thankfully, yes! There are several quick and simple things that you can do for your vehicle, to improve safety and increase the likelihood that you will walk away from a crash alive. Here are a few ideas to try:
We all know the dangers of distracted driving, so why not enforce your car as a no phone zone? It’s easy to switch your phone’s ringer off, and stick it in your bag or purse while you’re driving. This is an especially good idea for teen drivers! Plus, when your phone is secured, it won’t become a projectile should you be in a collision.
While most people abide by seatbelt laws, most people don’t think about buckling up any other large items in their cars. The truth is, if you do get in a crash, every item in your car that isn’t secured will become a flying object, potentially striking you or other passengers. Stow your bags, books, and other cargo in netting, or use straps or seat belts to keep them secure. This includes your pets, so get them a safety harness that buckles in.
No matter where you live or what time of year it is, emergency supplies are paramount. If you do not already have an emergency kit in your car, these are easy to find pre-stocked in local retailers or online. In addition to these supplies, consider adding some items that are designed to save your life in event of emergency. Seat belt cutters and glass breaking tools are two that can make a world of difference if your life is on the line.
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