Driving is probably the most dangerous thing you will do all day.
And since commuting hours tend to be the heaviest in terms of traffic, your highest risk driving time is probably before and after work.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 32,000 fatal car accidents occur in the United States every year. More than 2 million non-fatal injuries occur as the result of a car accident every year. Every day, roughly 90 people die in motor vehicle accidents across the country.
When compared to 19 other high-income countries, the U.S. has the most car accident-related deaths.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe on your daily commute – or any time you drive:
- Put down your phone: One of the most effective things you can do to reduce your risk of a car accident is to refrain from using your phone while driving. The statistics don’t lie: There really is no such thing as safe distracted driving.
- Don’t eat while driving: If you’re rushing off to work, it may be tempting to eat breakfast in the car. But it is best to avoid eating while driving altogether. Drivers who eat while driving are 3.6 times more likely to be in a car accident. Plan time to eat at home before work or once you get to work.
- Practice defensive driving: Defensive driving is more than just safe driving: It’s the practice of identifying potential hazards while driving and anticipating the actions of other drivers. A defensive driver is often better prepared to deal with potential safety issues on the road.
Paying attention, obeying traffic laws, and respecting other motorists are all important components of safe driving.
It is important for drivers to practice safe driving habits at all times. Together, we all play an important role in keeping our roadways safe.