Six Habits of Really Good Drivers in Rhode Island
Driving in Rhode Island is not without its risks: distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and those who are careless and in a hurry to get to their destination can all cause a car accident that injures themselves and other people on the road.
Luckily, there are actions that Rhode Island drivers can take to help reduce the likelihood they and their passengers will be injured in a crash. Adopting the following six habits which safe drivers in Rhode Island routinely follow will help protect you and your loved ones and increase roadway safety in Rhode Island.
Safe Driver Habit 1: They Don’t Text and Drive
Consider turning your cellular phone off while you drive or setting your phone to alert those that are calling or texting you while you are on the road that you are unavailable and will respond to their communication when you are able to do so.
Safe Driver Habit 2: They Avoid Dangerous Roads and Intersections
Reports are available (such as this one from GoLocalProv.com) to help drivers identify dangerous roadways, and a safe driver will look for alternate routes to his or her destination that avoid these areas.
Safe Driver Habit 3: They are Familiar with Their Car’s Safety Features
If you are not familiar with antilock brakes, you may even increase the likelihood of an accident as a result of not using this safety feature property.
Safe Driver Habit 4: They Understand Their Car Insurance Policy and Limits
Safe drivers carefully review their coverage limits and ensure that their policy provides the coverage they need and in the amounts they need. Safe drivers know the number to call when they have been involved in an accident in order to report an accident to their insurance company.
Safe Driver Habit 5: They are Prepared for Winter Driving
- Have his or her vehicle checked out by a qualified mechanic for potential safety issues. Tires, brakes, windshield wipers, and fluid levels should be examined and fixed, if necessary;
- Create a winter safety kit and keep one in each vehicle in case of an emergency. Such a kit should include an emergency blanket, a flashlight, and flares to warn other motorists if your vehicle has broken down beside the road. Finally, jumper cables, sand or kitty litter and a shovel can help you get your car moving during adverse weather conditions;
- Know how to drive his or her car safely in slick conditions. More specifically, a safe driver will know to slow down and drive at a speed that is appropriate for the road and weather conditions. A safe driver will not venture out during a winter storm or slick road conditions unless he or she must do so and/or he or she feels confident in his or her ability to drive safely. Some drivers have practiced driving in the snow and/or ice by traveling to a large empty parking shortly after a major winter event and seeing how their cars handle under slippery conditions.
A safe driver cannot stop the snow from falling, but a safe driver can certainly take measures to reduce the likelihood of an accident while on the roads this winter.
Safe Driver Habit 6: They Keep a Car Accident Checklist in Their Vehicle
Smart and safe drivers eliminate extra hassle and uncertainty by carrying a checklist in their vehicle. This checklist tells them everything they ought to do if they have been involved in a car crash so that the driver can rest assured that he or she has not forgotten to do something he or she should have. The list should contain tasks such as:
- Call for law enforcement assistance and medical attention;
- Move yourself and others, if possible and necessary, to a safe location;
- Obtain the name, contact information, license plate number, and insurance information of any other driver involved in the crash;
- Take pictures of the accident scene, the cars involved in the crash, and any visible injuries you may have;
- Do NOT say you are sorry or admit fault for the accident;
- Get the name, department, and badge number of the law enforcement officer who responds to your crash;
- Contact your Rhode Island car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Our law firm offers Rhode Island drivers a sample checklist that we created. Once your checklist has been created and reviewed, keep several copies in each of your vehicles and in your bag or purse. Tell other drivers in your household about the checklist, how to use the checklist, and where to find it in the car.
Contact a Rhode Island Car Crash Lawyer for Assistance
Even a safe driver can be involved in a crash caused by a negligent or reckless driver. If this happens to you, know that the attorneys of Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP are here to help you protect your legal rights and obtain compensation for your losses and injuries.
We have helped numerous car accident injury clients throughout Rhode Island, including the communities and cities of Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and Pikeville. Contact us as soon as possible after a car crash by calling one of our several Rhode Island offices or contacting us through our website for experienced, prompt, and compassionate legal assistance.