With the I-15 connecting so many cities in Utah, commuting is part of everyday life for many residents. However, this fact doesn’t make the drive any less anxiety- or stress-inducing. As car accident lawyers, we know that the more cars—and tempers—that are on the road, the higher the chances there are for an auto accident.
Stay safe to and from work with these tips:
Focus on the Road
Most importantly, avoid distracted driving. According to the Defensive Driving website, nine Americans are killed every day by distracted driving. Our team of car accident lawyers has seen first hand the harsh punishment that can come from just sending a text, watching a video, grooming or eating while behind the wheel.
Use the Middle Lane
To avoid clogged lanes, aim for the middle. The middle lane is often the safest and efficient way to get to work. There are fewer cars than the left lane, with drivers hoping to get into the fast lane, and there are fewer merges than the right lane where drivers are getting on and off the highway.
Make Use of Your Time
One of the most stressful things about a commute is how much time it takes out of your day. However, there are safe ways to make the most of this time sitting in traffic. Tune in to an audiobook or podcast. These can help you to destress while allowing you to keep your attention on the road. Just be wise in your choice as high emotions or zoning out can are dangerous to you and other drivers.
If your workplace allows for flexible hours, then you have an advantage over rush hour. Look into adjusting your schedule so that you avoid all the clogged traffic, to begin with. As Utah car accident lawyers, we know how crazy roads can get during these hours. A small sacrifice in your schedule might be worth staying stress-free and safe on the road.
Watch the Sun
Commutes involve driving to and from work, often at times when the sun is either rising or setting. Sun glare can affect your driving, so make sure to prepare for the different visibility levels. Consider bringing sunglasses, replacing window wipers blades, or getting an operational car visor.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Our dedicated team of car accident lawyers will tell you that one of the most important things you can do as a responsible driver is to keep your car maintained. Far too many tragedies happen that could have been prevented with a regular car tuneup. It can also ensure that you and other drivers don’t have any holdups when getting to work on time.
If you or a loved one has experienced an auto accident during your commute, our expert team of car accident lawyers at Robert J. Debry and Associates are here to help. We offer a free consultation, and we make ourselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions or concerns. Visit our website to learn more.