If you want to be a safer driver, you don’t necessarily need to take classes or invest in the latest technology or anything else that committing. It’s not that these things can’t help, but there are major steps you can take in your day-to-day life that will help tremendously.
One thing you may want to think about is simply the value of planning ahead.
The benefits you may see for a proactive approach
You can see numerous benefits, the first of which is that you can drive more slowly and carefully if you’re not rushed. A lot of speeding just happens because people didn’t leave enough time for the drive. People speed up to make yellow lights because they’ll be late if they stop. In heavy traffic, they experience road rage because it’s holding them back. Planning ahead and leaving a bit earlier makes your drives slower, safer and less stressful. Sometimes, a few minutes makes all the difference.
Another benefit is that you can take care of in-car activities before you actually start driving. You can choose a radio station and program your destination into the GPS. You can adjust the seats and the mirrors. Even the smallest necessary actions can be a distraction. You can’t avoid having to do these things, but you can choose when you do them. That can keep you and others safe.
What if you get hit?
While putting in this effort makes you a safer driver, most people don’t do any of this, and they cause accidents as a result. If you get hit and injured, you need to know how to seek compensation. You have every right to expect the liable party to cover your losses.