According to the Minnesota Safety Council, roadway crashes are a leading cause of injury death in Minnesota and the number one cause of work-related deaths. Below are a few simple ideas that can easily be put into practice every time you get behind the wheel.
Buckle-Up: Make sure all in the car are restrained in a seat belt, car seat or booster seat. Children in Minnesota should remain in a booster seat until they are four feet nine inches tall.
Allow Time: If a trip knowingly takes 20 minutes, add an additional 5 minutes to your travel time. These extra minutes allow for unexpected or heavy traffic patterns and adverse weather conditions. If you find yourself running behind, do not speed as this does not save much time. Speeding only introduces the possibility of getting a ticket or causing a wreck.
Keep Your Cool: It’s easy to become frustrated with drivers and mistakes they make when driving, such as tailgating or cutting off other vehicles. In situations you find frustrating, move over into another lane and distance yourself from those drivers so that you can remain calm and in control.
Hands on the Wheel and Eyes on the Road: It’s common knowledge that cell phones take priority in today’s technology driven world but using the phone to text or browse the internet while driving allows for a one-second distraction that can cause serious wrecks and fatalities. Not using a cell phone in the car may take a bit of practice and restraint but is worth it.
Keeping auto insurance up-to-date will also give you peace of mind while driving. Visit Hanneken Insurance Agency, Inc. or give us a call to discuss your current auto policy or to begin a new one.