[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the most surreal aspects of the Safer at Home restrictions is the freeway traffic, or lack thereof. With schools and many non-essential businesses closed and larger corporate businesses encouraging work from home, it hasn't been uncommon to see completely green traffic maps across Southern California, even during typical rush hours. Because freeway traffic is mostly flowing unimpeded, the average speed of traffic is increased. If a collision does occur, it will most likely happen at a higher speed, potentially resulting in a more severe crash and higher risk of serious injury. If you are one of the essential workers who still need to commute to and from work, stay extra vigilant on the roads!
Verify Your Insurance CoverageIf you get into a serious car crash without the appropriate insurance coverage, you could be on the hook for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and more. In addition to standard liability coverage, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth strongly recommends uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to protect your financial well-being. Driving without insurance is against the law and removes the right to claim damages for pain and suffering if you are not at fault for the crash.
Keep Your Vehicle MaintainedVehicles that have not been kept maintained are more likely to be involved in a car crash. Improper tire maintenance can lead to blowouts and poor control in wet weather. Worn brakes can make it more difficult to avoid a collision. Foggy headlights can make it difficult to see at night. You get the idea. Keep your vehicle in tip top shape to avoid some preventable crashes.
Practice defensive drivingDefensive driving techniques help keep you aware and prepared for the unexpected. Some basic defensive driving tips include:
- Planning ahead - Be prepared for adverse weather, construction, or any thing else that could have an impact on your drive.
- Be aware of your surroundings - Pay attention to other vehicles on the road, especially if one of them is acting erratically.
- Leave some space - Following another vehicle too closely is a is a good way to cause a rear end collision should the other vehicle need to make an emergency stop.
- Slow down sooner - Braking early, especially in adverse weather, can help prevent you from causing a rear end accident and help prevent others from rear ending you.
- Tone down aggression - That other driver may be a jerk, but escalating the situation is a recipe for disaster.