Safety on the highway is imperative to keep you, your precious cargo, and other drivers from injury and incident. There are some things that we all know can make us more dangerous on the roadways, but just how bad are these habits we’ve gotten into? There are a few key things to remember to help our safety while on the roads.
We know you want to SAVE MONEY on your car insurance, but remembering to put safety first could also SAVE A LIFE.
Here are 5 things to remember that you can make sure you’re doing to avoid injury and increases in your insurance premiums.
Put Down the Cell Phone
According to a publication put out by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 9% of fatal crashes in 2017 were reported as distraction-affected crashes with a whopping 3,166 people killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers. This number may also be a low estimate due to underreporting of distracted drivers involved in accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017 more than 9700 people were killed in crashes linked to speeding. That’s 26% of all traffic fatalities.
Wear Your Seatbelt
This one is a no-brainer. Wearing your seatbelt keeps you safe. But did you know that it could also save you money? In West Virginia, you can be ticketed for failure to wear it, AND you can acquire points on your driving record for such tickets.
Avoid Driving While Tired
In 2017, 795 fatalities were reported as a result of drowsy driving as was reported by the NHTSA. While young drivers and commercial drivers are more likely to drive while extremely tired, any time you may feel extremely sleepy, it can detrimentally affect your ability to drive safely.
Stay Off the Road During Inclement Weather
An estimated 5,000 deaths per year are attributed to driving during bad weather conditions, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Wet pavement, snow, and rain are all contributing factors to the 21% of crashes related.
Those are our 5 things to remember, but here’s the great news!
As a Nationwide customer, you’re going to be rewarded for driving safely. We offer discounts for staying accident free for five years and you can enroll in the Vanishing Deductible program which saves you $100 for each year of safe driving!
Drive safely, save money.