Each year, over 25,000 Utahns are injured in motor vehicle crashes, so it’s vital to understand what it takes to be a safe driver.

Not only do car accidents cause unnecessary pain and suffering to those involved in the crash, but they impact their friends, families, employers, and the economy as well. Driving safely is one of the smartest things you can do for yourself and others.

Keep reading to learn more about why being a safe driver is critical.

There Are More Drivers on the Road Every Year

Every year, more and more drivers hit the roads increasing traffic and congestion. Because of this, safe driving practices are non-negotiable. Staying focused on driving and not succumbing to distractions is more important than ever. The NHTSA shares that it’s everyone’s responsibility to share the road to keep each other safe.

Safe Driving Can Save Your Life

Perhaps the most glaring reason that safe driving matters is to prevent serious injury or death. Being a safe driver reduces the likelihood of causing injury to yourself and others and reduces the chances of being in a crash altogether. Driving is a privilege and a responsibility that must be taken seriously.

You Will Avoid Hefty Fines

Traffic violations can lead to hefty fines or even imprisonment. Most states average around $150 for a speeding ticket alone. Court fees and other additional costs can apply as well, making a big dent in your wallet. To avoid these unpleasant scenarios, safe driving is key.

It Prevents Property Damage

Paying for property damage can be a huge hassle. Even though insurance companies try to help the process go smoothly, it’s can still be convoluted and tedious. Driving as safe as possible ensures that you won’t have to go through the headache of calling your insurance agent, fixing your car, or dealing with a potential lawsuit.

Tips for Becoming a Safe Driver

We understand that there are more distractions than ever these days, so it can be difficult to keep your eyes on the road; however, when you get behind the wheel, it’s your responsibility to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Here are a few tips to help you become a safer driver:

  • Always keep your attention and eyes on the road
  • Plan ahead and give yourself extra time to get where you need to go
  • Go the speed limit
  • Keep your cool and avoid road rage
  • Look both ways at all intersections
  • Don’t follow too closely
  • Always wear your seatbelt
  • Use your signal and keep your headlights on
  • Never drink and drive

Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton Is Here for You in the Event of an Accident

At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we know you try your best to be a safe driver, but unfortunately, accidents still occur. If you or your loved ones have been involved in an automobile crash, connect with our experienced attorneys to review the best course of action and receive the compensation you deserve.

Reach out today to get started. Our offices are located in Orem, Provo, Saratoga Springs, and West Jordan, Utah, and we proudly serve residents from the surrounding areas.