If you and your family members drive, it is essential that you know how to do so safely. Your lives and the lives of the people on the road with you will depend on your ability to drive in a way that is safe and secure for everyone.
If you have children who are learning how to drive, it is essential that you teach them how to do so correctly. They need to know what to do and what not to do. With over 32% of 18 to 29-year-olds stating that they’ve consumed hard liquor in the past three months, your teen needs to understand how to drive safely to avoid accidents and make choices for the greater good.
Here are five safe driving tips to share with your family this winter.
Wear Your Seatbelt
A seatbelt can mean the difference between severe injury and death in an accident. Wearing your seatbelt will prevent you from being ejected from the car, so it is essential that you wear it whenever the car is in motion. Teach your family to do this early on and then emphasize its importance even more when they are in the driver’s seat. Make sure that they and their passengers always wear their seatbelts and they can avoid the worst consequences in a potential accident. Remind your teen that they’re responsible for all passengers when they drive, so they should ensure the safety of everyone in their vehicle by ensuring everyone wears seatbelts.
Don’t Drive Impaired
This means no drunk driving, but it also means to avoid driving in anything other than a sober, alert mental state. Drugs that aren’t alcohol factor into 18% of motor vehicle deaths. These include all drugs. You should also avoid driving when you are sleepy or in a high emotional state. These things can impair your judgment even without the influence of substances.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Make sure that you’re paying attention to what’s going on around you, both on the road and if you need to pull over. According to the NHTSA, there are over 50,000 accidents every year that relate to towing. Make sure that your family knows to be aware of everything around them at all times while on the road. This will help them to avoid causing an accident and potentially get out of a situation caused by another driver.
Clean Your Windshield
If you live in a snowy area, it is essential that you teach your family to clear off their entire windshield after a snowstorm. Some people think it is alright to clear a small space just large enough to see out of. This will reduce your field of vision significantly more than you might think, preventing you from seeing hazards along the sides of the road. Take the time to clear snow off of your windshield, windows, and roof in order to stay safe while driving.
Keep Supplies In Your Car
You should always have some supplies in your car just in case you don’t make it home in a reasonable amount of time. Make sure that your family knows to keep some food, water, and a blanket in their car at the minimum. You should also discuss your family’s unique needs in order to determine what else they should keep tucked in their backseat or trunk. While it might seem like overkill, they will want those supplies if they get stranded.
You need to make sure that your family is safe before they start driving. In order to do this, consider the five tips above and share them with your family members this winter season. Communicate openly and enforce the rules about safe driving. This will ensure that everyone drives in a way that is sensible and safe. Armed with this knowledge, they can avoid accidents, injury, or death.