We all love the convenience of owning a car – don’t we? And when the two of you become three, four (or even more) it’s particularly useful.
Especially now the schools are back – and there are sports and dance practices to drop them off at too. Even everyday activities like shopping are really difficult when there’s a houseful of you – but no transport. So we don’t, for a minute, suggest you stop using your vehicle – just drive safely, wherever you are – that’s all.
So how do you drive safely?
This should start before you set off – even if you have one of the safest cars on the road. So give yourself time to go through a series of checks. Look at oil and water levels, as well as the condition and pressure of your tires – particularly ahead of longer journeys.
Always wear a seat belt
It goes without saying really, doesn’t it, but seat belts save lives – so make sure you always wear yours. Emphasize their importance to your kids too – and tell them never to share belts between them.
Don’t drive too fast…or slow
This is another given really, but never drive too fast – particularly when you have the family on board. The quicker you go, the worse any impact will be if you hit something – and it’s much harder to stay in control.
Stay within the speed limit wherever you are and, conversely, don’t drive really slowly either, if you can help it. This can also be dangerous: try to stick to an average speed and you’ll avoid the risk of causing a pile-up.
And never when you’re tired
It can be difficult, we know – everyone has a bad night’s sleep sometimes – but you still need to get to work!. However, try as much as you can not to drive when you’re tired – and never at all if you feel drowsy.
It’s a myth that stopping for coffee or rolling down the window to get some air will help bring you round. Don’t ask other people to talk loudly, or play the radio, to try to feel more alert either – tt just isn’t safe. And it really doesn’t work.
Of course, we all know you shouldn’t ever use your phone, text or do anything else that distracts you when driving. But make sure any little ones are also aware that it’s not the time for them to make too much noise either. Ask them to stay calm when you’re out in the car – and provide distractions for them like puzzles, books, or games.
If the worst ever happens
If despite taking all this advice on board, you do have an accident, it’s important to contact a car accident lawyer. Obviously your first priority is to access medical assistance – if that’s needed – but make sure you also get on to an attorney. This helps avoid any costly mistakes, particularly if you might need to pay costly hospital bills.
Hopefully, this is a situation you and your family never have to face, but it’s always best to stay fully informed.
We hope these few tips have given you something to think about – before you and your family next get into the car. By taking these bits of advice on board, you’ll be better prepared to stay safe on the road.