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On the Road, Defend Yourself from the Distracted

By Alpert Schreyer on March 29, 2016


April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month for good reason. As anyone who’s ever gotten glassy-eyed on the highway late at night knows, driving is something many of us do with our brains . . . well . . . not fully tuned in. When you think about how dangerous driving really is, that’s kind of a scary reality.

Accidents can happen when we commit craven distracted-driving sins like texting or checking email while on the road, or when we’re simply distracted by our thoughts. They also happen when others are distracted.  Here are some defensive-driving tips to help protect yourself and your loved ones from becoming a victim of distracted driving.

1. Follow the golden rule. Don’t do unto others, says Even if a fellow driver is having trouble being a good citizen of the road, try to stay calm and remove yourself from a situation to avoid escalation (i.e. road rage).

2. Stay out of the way. Make room for aggressive drivers, and anyone else whose road conduct seems unusual. Keep in mind that people drive within many different physical and mental states and under various handicaps. You can usually put some distance between yourself and a questionable driver by slowing down.

3. Yield. The road is not a place to insist that you’re in the right and persuade others they’re wrong: safety is more important than anyone’s ego. So even if you’re not happy with it, “yield anyway.”

4. Be aware of your surroundings. Yes, this is an obvious one, but it bears saying over and over again. Keep tabs on your own driving habits as well as conditions and the movements of other drivers.

5. “Overcome overconfidence.” Don’t think you’re above the rules, or you might end up as a problem on someone else’s radar.

6. Take a defensive-driving course. Your safety is important, so why not take a class? You might realize you’ve been engaging in not-so-great driving practices.

7. Pull over and take a break. If you’re drowsy and see a good place to stop, do it.

8. Be Zen about driving. If you focus on being courteous and facilitating the movements of other drivers rather than forcing your will on them, you just might feel more at peace on the road. Go with the flow.

While some accidents can’t be prevented… some CAN.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC for your free case evaluation. We will listen to you, review your case, and get you the compensation you deserve.


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