Driving safer doesn't always mean a complete overhaul of your current driving habits. Some of the simplest changes in your driving routine can make a world of difference and help keep you and your passengers safe while in the car.
Watch Your Speed
Posted sign limits tell you the maximum speed in optimal driving conditions. Even then, sometimes the flow of traffic, weather, and other factors can make driving at the maximum posted speed dangerous.
Distracted driving injures 330,000 people every year! 1 Distracted driving includes many non-driving activities like changing the radio, talking to passengers, and texting or making calls on a cell phone.
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Never Drive Impaired
What exactly defines a DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while impaired)? Driving impaired doesn't always mean driving drunk -although that's certainly part of it. You may be driving impaired if you're overtired, on strong medication, playing music too loud - or even if your mind's elsewhere. And if you've been drinking alcoholic beverages, you're definitely impaired. So how can you avoid this serious risk? Adjust the simple things like the music or general "mind drifting," and for the more dangerous issues like alcohol or medication, make sure a designated driver's behind the wheel. A friend or taxi is much better than a ticket, an accident or - even worse... a death. Think ahead.
Maintain Your Car
Getting regular oil changes, rotating your tires as needed, and replacing worn brake pads are all fairly inexpensive car maintenance activities that can help extend the life of your car and keep you safe on the road. Quick checks can save you bigger issues and costs.
At Allstate, we reward safe drivers with cheaper insurance. See if you qualify for a special car insurance discount or lower rates with an easy online quote or ballpark estimate.
1. Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study