Good Driving Habits to Help Tucson Drivers Stay Safe and Keep Their Auto Insurance Premiums Low
Unfortunately, weíve all heard of, or know of someone who has been involved in a car accident, which left in its wake, a trail of aggravation, inconvenience, higher car insurance rates and possibly even serious injury and long term suffering. Perhaps you have even been the unlucky victim of such a tragedy yourself.
While most of us happily get in our cars and cruise the streets and highways of Tucson, Arizona, without ever giving it a second thought, itís worth a reminder that driving a car is one of the more dangerous activities that we get involved in on a regular basis.
In fact, approximately 43,000 people die in automobile related accidents each year in the United States, not to mention countless others who are permanently injured and suffer with the consequences for the rest of their lives. Driving an automobile is the one activity that we should never become too complacent about.
Even less serious car accidents, where there are no injuries can have far reaching consequences, and may end up costing you a small fortune for years and years to come, in the form of higher auto insurance rates. Depending on the circumstances, car insurance companies can be very unforgiving of previous accidents, and, do not take lightly the issue of traffic violations.
The following recap is designed to help you evaluate your current driving habits, and make adjustments where necessary. Take your driving more seriously, and youíll greatly improve the odds that youíll stay out of trouble on the highways and bi-ways of Tucson, enjoying the benefits that a clean driving record and safer driving habits can bring to you. Namely, reduced car insurance costs and the reduced possibility of accidents and injury for yourself and others in Tucson.
Tucson Drivers Recap:
Intersections are where a lot of accidents happen. Donít be one of those people who slow down and roll through an intersection if they think the coast is clear. Come to a full stop as required by law, and look to all directions before proceeding. The extra time you think you save by squeaking through that red light, or stop sign, may be the last time you ever do that again. Even if it is your right of way, exercise extreme caution through intersections, because you never know what the other guy is going to do. Remember, it only takes one time, one lapse in judgment, one unlucky incident, and the world for you or someone else is forever changed.
Just donít drink and drive - ever. So much has already been said about the dangers of alcohol and driving, that itís incredible how many deaths still result from this practice each year. Even if you would never even think of drinking and driving, try to dissuade others from doing so (call the police if you have to) and realize that others on the road may be intoxicated. Pay attention to any erratic drivers you encounter, and try to put as much distance between your vehicle and theirs as you can. Remember, it only takes one time, one lapse in judgment, one unlucky incident, and the world for you or someone else is forever changed.
Driving distracted can and does get people killed. People do all kinds of dangerous and distracting things while they drive. From reading, to eating and drinking, to talking on the cell phone or listening to loud music, statistics tell us that distractions while driving are a leading cause of car crashes. Donít be one of those distracted drivers. Remember, it only takes one time, one lapse in judgment, one unlucky incident, and the world for you or someone else is forever changed.
Be aware of your driving and that of other drivers. Donít constantly change lanes. Try to maintain a constant speed and leave a safe distance between your vehicle and others on the road. Donít react to other drivers who drive badly. Loosing your temper and getting aggressive with another driver is a sure way to increase the odds of an accident. Make sure to turn lights on during low visibility situations such as rain, snow and at dawn, dusk and nighttime. Remember, it only takes one time, one lapse in judgment, one unlucky incident, and the world for you or someone else is forever changed.
Maintain your vehicle for safe driving. Make sure that your car can respond as it should in an emergency, with regular attention to tune ups, tires, brakes and lights. Also, seemingly little things like improperly adjusted mirrors, seats and wiper blades can be the cause of big problems on the road. Remember, it only takes one time, one lapse in judgment, one unlucky incident, and the world for you or someone else is forever changed.
While by no means a complete list, inattention to the items discussed above, represent a significant cause of tragedy on Tucsonís roads, and a significant cause of unhappy car insurance buyers as they have to contend with the higher auto insurance rates that traffic violations and accidents inevitably lead to.
Make a commitment to yourself and to your fellow travelers in Tucson, to take your driving more seriously in the future. In return, as well as making it much safer for yourself, your friends, family, and for everyone in this great city, you'll likely reap the auto insurance rewards that tend to follow safer drivers everywhere.
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