It’s not uncommon for Ohio highways to be busier during the summer months when the days are longer, the weather is nicer and the kids are out of school. However, an increase in traffic may lead to an increased risk of getting into a car accident. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to keep yourself safe while operating a motor vehicle, regardless of whether you are a teen or a much more experienced motorist.
Don’t drive while impaired
Driving under the influence of a controlled substance may make it harder to process information in a timely manner. Furthermore, you may be more prone to risky behaviors such as speeding, not wearing a seat belt or not looking before changing lanes. In some cases, you might actually fall asleep while your vehicle is moving. In addition to being a hazard to everyone else in your vicinity, operating a motor vehicle while impaired is generally considered to be a criminal offense. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by an impaired driver, it may be a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney.
Minimizing your risk of an accident can be as easy as eliminating distractions such as a cellphone, GPS device or car radio. It may also be a good idea to refrain from having passengers travel with you to the beach, a baseball game or other event. If you do have passengers in your vehicle, you should ask them to complete tasks such as changing a radio station or programming your GPS.