The start of a new year is always a good time to revisit safety tips to protect you and your family from harm while on the road or near traffic. The following are only some of the many steps you can take to improve your family’s safety in 2017.
Get Your Vehicles Tuned Up
Vehicles need regular maintenance. Without inspections and maintenance, parts on vehicles can become worn down and can fail while you are driving. If you are driving and the brakes suddenly stop working or a tire suddenly blows out, you can easily lose control of the car and crash. Getting a tune up to start the year can help to ensure your vehicle is in working order and is safe to drive.
Talk to Teen Drivers
If you have teenaged drivers in your family, it is only natural to be concerned about their safety every time they take the keys. Directly addressing safe and unsafe driving practices with your teen can help encourage them to stay safe and help them know what to do in case of an emergency. Reiterate the dangers of distracted driving, especially when it comes to texting, talking on the phone, or driving friends around. Also remind them of how deadly drunk driving can be, as well as how to spot another drunk driver on the road and avoid them. Finally, lead by example and never text or drink and drive in front of your teen (or at all).
Discuss Helmet Use and other Safe Practices
For younger kids, remind them that they can be injured in traffic accidents even when they are not in a car. Talk about safe walking and bicycle riding near roads. Discuss why it is so important for them to wear a helmet anytime they are on a bike. Make sure they know the proper way to cross a street – both in and out of a crosswalk.
If You Are in an Accident, Call Our Ocala Car Accident Lawyers for Help
Accidents can happen to even the safest of drivers and families. If an accident and injury happens to someone in your family, you likely have many questions about your legal rights. Please feel free to call and discuss your situation with the experienced auto accident attorneys at Meldon Law free of charge. We regularly help accident victims in and around the Ocala area, so please call us at 352-373-8000 to learn more.