Now that spring is here, and summer is on its way, many motorists will be taking to the roads in Knoxville to travel. An increase in motorists means a higher risk of car accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, in 2015, approximately 958 fatal car crashes occurred in Tennessee. 884 victims from those accidents lost their lives. Many of those accidents happened while they were traveling with their friends and loved ones for vacation.
Motorists can take preventative measures to increase the chances of them making it safely to their destinations.
Pre-trip their vehicles
Drivers should thoroughly inspect their vehicles before they get on the roads. They should check their turn signals, wiper blades, fluid levels and brakes. It is also a good idea to have any neglected maintenance services performed before they start traveling.
Distractions were the cause of 420,000 injuries from car accidents in 2013, states CellControl.com. Being on the road requires motorists to remain attentive to them. Drivers should keep their cellphones where they cannot access them until they arrive at their destinations. They should also encourage their passengers to minimize the use of their mobile devices while they are driving. Other distracting behaviors motorists should avoid include eating and drinking while behind the wheel, conversations, grooming and adjusting their navigational and entertainment systems.
Remain mindful of road conditions
Warmer weather often brings about an increase in rain and wet road conditions. Motorists should check the weather before they leave for their destinations and adjust their driving behaviors. They should drive slower when the roads are wet to decrease the chances of them hydroplaning. Drivers should also pay attention to the speeds and actions of other motorists when there is inclement weather. They should steer clear of drivers who are driving recklessly.
Drivers can avoid many hazardous conditions on the roads with extra care and caution. Preparing their cars and themselves before they hit the streets can make the roads safer for everyone.