Take a look at the following numbers:
37,000. 2.35 million. $820. $230.6 billion.
Any guesses as to what these numbers represent? They are all related to car accident statistics for the US. Each year, over 37,000 people die in car accidents, and an additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled. The average person will spend around $820 annually on car accident damages, which totals to $230.6 billion spent on car accidents in the United States alone. This year, let’s lower those numbers and make the US a safer place to drive. Below are simple steps to make 2015 your safest year on the road.
Practice the Fundamentals of Driving
It’s amazing how quickly your driving will improve by just following the fundamentals you learned back in driver’s education. The most common law people break while driving is speeding. This habit is the gateway to other bad driving habits like aggressive driving. If you do get in an accident while speeding, there is a higher chance for more damage and/or injury. Make sure you always use your turn signals, always wear your seat belt and remember to be aware of your surroundings. It may sound obvious, but many people forget how important these basic driving principles can be for their overall safety. Plus, insurance companies offer discounts to people who practice safe driving habits. By referring back to the “ABCs” of driving, you will save money, reduce points on your license and above all, protect your life and those riding with you.
Get Routine Maintenance Done
Vehicle tune-ups don’t only extend the life of your car; it’s also a matter of safety. Usually, mechanics will perform state mandated vehicle inspections and address any maintenance issues you need to fix. Unfortunately, there could be a year or more in between inspections and the car owner may not be aware of potential safety issues. That’s why it’s important to get routine maintenance done and NEVER IGNORE THE DASHBOARD! When the maintenance light comes on, make sure to get your car looked at within a 2-week timeframe. Regular maintenance will keep you, your passengers and your vehicle safe while you’re on the road.
Know Your Car and Stay Alert
An important component for defensive driving is staying alert and noting when your vehicle isn’t driving like “normal.” For example, if you find yourself adding a little extra effort to the brakes or feel a vibration when the brakes are applied, see a mechanic immediately. Your vehicle may need its brakes changed or there could be an issue with the hydraulic system. Improper tire pressure is one of the most common problems that cause accidents, since it can lead to a blowout or impact driving performance. Luckily, it can be easily avoided. Take a look at your tires before driving, keep a gauge in your glove compartment, and fill them when needed.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Imagine yourself driving down the highway. As you accelerate and merge into the left lane, you notice a loud whining noise and become blinded from smoke coming out of your hood. You quickly put your hazards on, slow down and try to veer over to the side of the road as fast as possible. Unfortunately, the driver behind you doesn’t respond quickly enough and rear ends your vehicle. Not only do you have to worry about the repair of your vehicle’s exterior, but you are now responsible for the cost of a new transmission. Prepare for the unexpected and invest in an extended warranty before this happens to cover these kinds of costs. Warranty Direct’s plans all come with additional benefits like car rental reimbursement, roadside assistance, the choice of repair facility, and more.
To learn more about Warranty Direct’s products and services, contact us today and start making 2015 your safest year on the road.