These driving tips can help you avoid an accident

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Most people do not get up in the morning and decide to have a car wreck on the way to work, no matter how hard they are looking for an excuse to call in sick. Unfortunately, the risk of having an accident during your commute through San Francisco is very real. In fact, it only takes a few seconds on the road for things to go terribly wrong.

Good driving habits can go a long way to help you avoid a car accident. There are a few extra things you can do to reduce your risk of a motor vehicle collision the next time you get behind the wheel. Follow these driving tips every time you are on the road and you could have a better chance of avoiding an accident.

Drive sober

Even a slight buzz from alcohol can be enough to slow your reaction time when you are driving. This means that you should think twice before you get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. In addition, certain medications and other substances can also lead to a state similar to drunkenness and impair your driving abilities.

Stay focused

Distracted driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving and people who are distracted while behind the wheel typically display the same behavior. For example, a distracted driver might drive too slowly, swerve in and out of lanes and act in other erratic ways. While many people equate distracted driving with cellphone use, even looking down to change the thermostat settings can cause a long enough distraction to end in a wreck.

Adhere to the speed limit

Speeding is another common cause of traffic accidents. Speed limits are posted for your safety as well as the safety of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. If you get behind the wheel, you have a duty to act in a reasonably safe manner to protect the other people you share the road with.

While the above tips can help you stay safe while you are commuting to work or driving out of town for a long weekend, you cannot depend on other drivers to take the same precautions. And, unfortunately, while you are trying to avoid one distracted or drunk driver, another one could be right next to you, swerving into your lane.

If you become the victim of a negligent driver, remember that you still have options. You might be able to file a claim for the compensation you deserve for your injuries and the damages to your vehicle.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

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