Research project Highly automated driving on highways - Dr. Nico Kämpchen on a test drive (08/2011)

How safe do you feel each and every time you get behind the wheel?

Unfortunately, countless drivers are injured (in some cases fatally) on a daily basis on the nation’s local roads and highways. As a result, healthcare costs and auto insurance and life insurance rates go up, though they obviously pale in comparison to the injuries and ultimately human losses suffered.

That said there are ways to make vehicles safer for all involved.

In the event you are not always feeling 100 percent safe when you get into a car or truck, do you plan on doing something about that in 2017?

Making Your Ride a Safer One

In order to make your ride as safe as possible, consider these tips:

  • Safety features – For starters, what types of safety features do you have on your vehicle? From the latest in braking devices to wireless camera backup systems for cars, do your best to have the latest technology in-hand. By doing so, you lessen the chances of being in an accident, an accident that could change your life and the lives of those closest to you forever. If money is any issue, consider looking at the various safety features of both new and used cars, seeing which ones best suit your needs and finances. Although you can never put a price on safety, you may have to be a little selective in your choices. Considering so many accidents happen with drivers backing up out of their driveways, parking spots in shopping centers etc. a wireless camera backup system makes sense. For those drivers doing lots of highway driving, sound brakes and tires should always be a top priority;
  • Driving habits – Even with as many safety features as possible on your vehicle, the job of driving safely falls squarely on your shoulders. Are you someone always leaving late for your destination? If so, you put yourself and others at risk by hurrying to where you need to go. Do you like to tailgate other drivers? Once again, you are putting others at risk if this is a common habit. How often do you get your vehicle inspected? If the answer is almost never, you and other drivers and passengers are at risk. From bald tires to not cracked windshields and non-working lights, you are setting yourself up for potential problems. Keep in mind that those problems get passed on to others when you’re involved in an accident.

Adhering to the Conditions

  • Knowing the road – When it comes to roadway conditions, do your best to obey them at all times. For instance, if construction is being done, don’t go flying through such zones. Not only are you putting you and others at risk, but you could find yourself with quite a speeding ticket. In the event you are driving in inclement weather, be sure to slow down. Unfortunately, too many drivers think that rain or snow is a reason to speed up, not slow down. Take the necessary time to adjust to the conditions, allowing you and others to safely reach your destinations;
  • Teaching others – Lastly, always pass your driving safety tips on to others, especially your children when they first get behind the wheel. By setting a good example for them early on, they are more likely to take driving safety seriously. In doing so, they will then be more inclined to pass along the tips you taught them to others. Also don’t be shy about polishing up on your driving safety techniques on occasion. Although you may have been driving for decades, it never hurts to take a driver safety course on occasion. By doing so, you may even lower your overall auto insurance costs, so check with your insurance agent.

Driving safety is not to be taken for granted, so make sure you’re driven to be the best possible driver you can be.