August is National Traffic Awareness Month: How Do You Stay Safe?

Did you know that August is National Traffic Awareness Month? Traffic is something that many of us deal with on a daily basis, yet may not think about beyond simply getting through it. This country-wide observance is a great reminder to think about how you can stay safe when traveling through traffic.

The Dangers of Driving in Traffic

While accidents can happen anywhere, driving in traffic is especially dangerous because of the sheer volume of vehicles on the road: The more cars there are, the more chance there is of collisions. It may seem simple, but it is important to think about how traffic contributes to accidents so you can avoid them.

Driving on a highly-congested increases your risk of:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Accidents caused by lane changes
  • Blind spot issues
  • Truck accidents

What Can I Do to Be Safe in Traffic?

In traffic, the best thing you can do for the safety of yourself and others is to be aware. It is very likely, when driving on a congested road, that there will be cars in front of you, behind you, and on both of your sides. You need to be conscious of all of the other drivers around you so you can navigate the traffic safely. This involves not only watching their moves, but also communicating your own moves via turn signals and other methods.

To stay safe in traffic, remember to:

  • Check your mirrors and blind spots
  • Use your turn signal
  • Avoid speeding
  • Leave adequate space between your vehicle and others

By being observant and courteous of the drivers around you, you can safely navigate traffic. Remember to practice safe driving behaviors during National Traffic Awareness Month and for the rest of the year!

Although you are being safe in traffic, other drivers may not be. Accidents happen, and the attorneys at Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. are here to help when they do.

If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle collision, contact us to schedule a no-cost consultation. Our team is available via phone at (916) 229-6755, or through our contact form