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Smooth and safe driving can prevent a tragedy that will never be forgotten. Not only does it minimize accidents, but it also reduces wear and tear over time, improving fuel economy and reducing total cost of ownership. Following up on an accident takes a lot of time, as well as high repair costs and possible driver downtime.

Key points that can save you while driving:

  • Always wear your seat belt and make sure everyone else in your car does the same. This single action can prevent so much heartache. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Wearing a seat belt in the event of an accident helps you stay safe in the vehicle; a complete ejection from the vehicle is almost always fatal. NHTSA statistics show that in 2017 alone, seat belts saved approximately 14,955 lives, and a further 2,549 lives could have been saved if they were worn.
  • Never drive while impaired, whether it is over the counter, prescription, illicit drugs, or alcohol. According to NHTSA, about 28 people die every day in DUI crashes. In 2019, 10,142 people lost their lives in these avoidable accidents. Protect yourself and others by appointing a driver or calling an elevator/taxi service.
  • Avoid distractions. While distracted driving refers to any activity that takes your attention away from driving, including using the phone, eating, or drinking, talking to someone in the car, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system, texting is the most concerning. While sending or reading a text message, your eyes wander off the road for five seconds. Driving at 85 km/h is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. Driving requires your full attention, so anything that distracts you increases your risk of an accident.
  • Stick to the speed limit. According to NHTSA, 9,478 people died from speeding in 2019. Speed ​​also affects your safety, even if you are driving at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions. In bad weather, when the road is being repaired or at night in a poorly lit area. While speeding is an obvious hazard, driving under the speed limit can also pose a hazard because other drivers must brake quickly or attempt to change lanes.
  • According to NHTSA, if you feel tired or sleepy, refuse to drive. Fatigue-related accidents are most common between midnight and 6 a.m. or late afternoon. At both times of the day, people’s circadian rhythm (the body’s internal clock that regulates sleep) dips. These accidents usually involve just one driver (without a passenger) pulling off the road at high speed with no signs of braking, and often occur on country roads and motorways.
  • Give up your keys gracefully when medical conditions or age limit your ability to drive safely. As painful as loss of independence is, it pales in comparison to being the cause of a crash that injures or kills someone else.


Whether you are an experienced, older, or new driver, a passenger, bike rider keeping in mind these tips for keeping everyone safe on the road will save you and your fellows. Never forget of being alert, always driving to the conditions of the road environment and being ready to act at any time.