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Careful or care-free? The benefits of being a safe driver

If somebody asked you to rate your driving skills, what would you say? Would you tell them that you’re a brilliant driver, or would you admit to breaking the rules of the road now and again? We all have moments when it’s difficult to keep our cool or resist the temptation to let fly on a clear road, but there are many benefits to being a safe driver.

Reducing the risk of accidents

This is the most important reason to be a careful driver. Road accidents are a lot more common than you may think, and they can cause serious injuries, and even death in some cases. Every year in the US, more than 2 million people are injured on the roads, and 32,000 lives are lost. You can’t account for other people’s carelessness, but you can do everything possible to keep your side of the bargain. Drive by the rules, be respectful of others drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, and don’t put yourself or others in danger by driving tired, drink driving or getting distracted when you’re behind the wheel. If you find yourself in an accident, and you were driving recklessly, you’ll be liable for any injuries sustained by other drivers. On the flipside, if you’ve been involved in a crash or a truck incident that wasn’t your fault, you have the right to claim compensation. Always make sure that you do everything possible to minimize the risk of danger and increase your chances of staying safe when you’re out and about.

Setting a good example for your kids

If you have children, you may have noticed that they have a tendency to copy everything you do. This includes picking up bad habits when you’re driving. If you’ve got teenagers approaching the age when they’re taking an interest in driving, the last thing you want is for them to speed, get irate with other drivers or text while they drive. If you’re a careful driver, there’s every chance that your kids will follow suit.

Feeling calmer

You may find speeding exhilarating, or you might even enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with getting involved in an argument at the traffic lights, but spare a thought for your stress levels. Being a careful driver can help you to remain calm and prevent stress. Most of us have enough stress triggers in our lives without having to worry about road rage or spotting blue flashing lights in our mirrors. When you’re driving, take it steady, be patient, and concentrate. It can be incredibly frustrating when you’re stuck in traffic or the car in front is pootling along at snail pace, but if there’s nothing you can do, there’s no point in getting worked up.

Would you say that you’re a careful driver, or do you tend to be a little careless? You may think that playing by the rules is dull, but regulations are there to prevent accidents and keep you safe. If your report would read ‘could do better,’ you may find that you actually benefit from being more cautious behind the wheel.

** This is a collaborative post

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