When you think about summertime, you think about fun in the sun, road trips, family gatherings and great times shared between you and those that you love. Practicing safe driving habits allows you to keep you and your family safe while on the roads so you can enjoy your time with each other.
Making Safety a Habit
There is always a need to encourage safe driving habits on the New Mexico roads. Every day there are accidents that could have been prevented by safer driving, such as accidents caused by distracted or reckless driving. You can be a safe driver by:
- Driving sober. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs your ability to think clearly and react to stressful situations. Don’t put yours and everyone else on the road’s life at risk by driving under the influence. Designate a driver!
- Keeping your distance. Keep at least three seconds of distance between you and the car in front of you to maximize your ability to avoid accidents. Look for a stationary landmark (telephone pole, bridge, etc.) and count the time it takes for you to reach it after the car in front of you passes it. If you pass the same landmark in fewer than three seconds, slow down.
- Watching your speed. In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Association attributed 31% of all fatal crashes to speed. Obey all posted speed limits and get where you need to go safely.
- Preparing your car. Being on the side of the road is a dangerous place to be for you and your passengers. Ensuring that you have enough gas and air in your tires will safeguard you against breakdowns. Properly working turn signals and windshield wipers will allow you to switch lanes easier and give you more visibility while on the road.
It’s easy to make safety a habit when you know what to do. Keep these tips in mind while you’re driving to prevent accidents!
Keep our Roads Safe
At MVD Express, the safety of our community is important to us. By being a more attentive driver, you help to keep the roads of New Mexico safer and easier to maintain! All it takes are a few adjustments to your driving habits and you’ll be doing your part.