Our North Carolina auto accident attorneys want to help drivers resolve to be safer on the roadways in 2011.
To that end, we are offering rules of defensive driving that could help to achieve this goal and maintain safety throughout the year. The motivation behind driving defensively is to maintain complete control over your car and the environment around you, in order to prevent an accident or injury from occurring to you or others drivers.
Road Trip America as presented by Robert Schaller, offers “70 Rules of Defensive Driving” to drivers, that if followed, should reduce the risks of accidents occurring.
The United States reports approximately 50,000 deaths each year on roadways and nearly 22 million injuries. Between auto repairs and hospitalizations, it is estimated that $80 billion is spent each year on roadway collisions.
Though Schaller’s rules all appear to be common sense, even silly at times, they are good reminders of the behaviors we should be exhibiting on the roadways. Not listed in order of importance, the rules broadly based are focused on safety mechanisms, driving rules, and driving etiquette.
Rule #1 pay attention refers to being aware at all times and of all things. Similar rules regarding driving etiquette are: #3 yield anyway, #10 drive precisely, #14 drive to communicate, #15 drive predictably, and #42 exercise prudent courtesy. These rules all indicate using your signals and traffic signs to remain safe.
A few rules stated regarding safety mechanisms include: #6 wear your seat belt, #7 buy and use safety devices (such as air bags, ABS brakes, and child restraints), #8 motorcyclists protect thyself with helmets, #25 maintain your tires, and #26 take care of your vehicle. These rules all indicate safety items or the maintenance of items to increase driver safety.
The majority of the rules have to do with driving behaviors. Rule #11 chill out means don’t get impatient or let your emotions and reactions get out of control. Rule #32 be a safe passer describes only passing another car when it is legal and safe to do so. Rule #55, don’t change lanes in intersections,urges drivers to stay in their lane until safely getting through the intersection. Rule #61, never stop on a freeway, may seem silly but it still happens. Drivers are encouraged to make their way off an exit ramp and find a parking spot rather than just pulling over unless it can’t be avoided.
The following are a list of “don’t rules” of defensive driving that can be found on the list:
-Don’t trust nobody-never assume what the other driver is going to do because you really can only trust your behavior.
-Don’t speed- follow the cited speed limit at all times unless adverse conditions require you to slow down even more.
-Don’t drive impaired – if you drink, don’t drive.
-Don’t run red – under no circumstances should you run a red light.
-Don’t prevent others from passing – even if they are passing illegally allow them to rather than instigate an act of road rage.
The rules of defensive driving are meant to review what we already know, what we may have forgotten, and remind us of safe and proper driving habits. North Carolina drivers may not be able to apply all the rules at all times. However, implementing a few each time you drive can increase the safety of you and others on the roadways.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a North or South Carolina automobile accident, the Law Offices of Lee & Smith are available to discuss your rights. Call for a free appointment at 1-800-887-1965.