The American commuting patterns have shifted a bit due to the pandemic; more people have worked remotely than before. According to NHTSA, this did not stop the fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2020, which took the lives of an estimated 38,680 people. Many of the same factors contributed to this statistic: driving under the influence, speeding, and not wearing a seatbelt have led to many casualties. The number of vehicles involved in traffic crashes in the United States just a year prior was 6,561 passenger cars, 4,87 light trucks, 538 large trucks, 111 motorcycles, 74 busses, and 16 were other or unknown, according to Statista. Statistically, it is safer to utilize public transportation, but regular commuters may have issues with that, which brings the following proposal.
Individuals can use methods to protect drivers or someone learning to drive and passengers, pedestrians, or the people in the other vehicles. Due to car crashes being a common occurrence, driving schools should become much stricter when teaching people how to drive. Defensive driving is a major part of the instruction. Increasing time to get behind the wheel before taking a test and the in-car sessions may be essential for safety. This will increase students’ attention and their early habits, preparing them for traffic and environmental situations.
Another way may be to implement more warning signs and speed cameras in busy areas because that can make the driver slow down when tempted to speed up. The penalty for speeding and getting caught is paying a fine each time. Implementing these practices in school zones and high-traffic areas would discourage people from speeding and reckless driving,
Drivers can also ensure other drivers’ safety by following the 4-second rule on the road. You should keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you and behind you. If you need to hit your brakes abruptly, you’ll have enough room to stop without hitting another vehicle. A rule like this encourages drivers to slow down and be a patient driver. Following too closely behind someone only makes them more nervous and anxious behind the wheel, giving them space that will ultimately keep you safe from harm.
Next, to keep your vehicle intact and to ensure safety is to develop road awareness. When doing this, make sure that you are driving lawfully, and plan for times other drivers may not follow the rules of the road. Being a defensive driver will allow you to avoid those common mistakes and accidents.
Finally, select a car that matches your level of experience. Teens do not have as much experience as their parents. Therefore, it is best to choose a first car that is reliable and well suited for new drivers. This would imply that a vehicle with a higher safety rating would be the best choice for someone new on the road.
The final way to improve driver safety is in the courtroom. Someone can blame you for an accident and say that you hit them while on the road, and you may need protection from consequences that come with the laws in your current state. Or you may be the victim of a hit-and-run crash and may be entitled to compensation for damages. Legally protecting yourself and your assets is essential, considering the shared nature of accidents.