California drivers have a lot to contend with while on the road, including pedestrians, other drivers, weather conditions and distractions. In order to reduce the chances of a car accident, experts recommend that motorists follow some basic safety rules.

First, they should make sure they avoid all distractions and pay attention to the road. Texting and talking on the phone can distract a driver and significantly increase the risk of getting into a crash. Activities like eating, drinking and adjusting the vehicle’s entertainment system are also distracting and could potentially lead to an accident. Second, people should get in the habit of driving defensively. This means anticipating the actions of other drivers and being prepared to avoid collisions. To this end, they should always leave a 2- to 4-second cushion between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them, depending upon weather conditions.

When planning a road trip, drivers should make sure they build in enough time to stop for food, bathroom breaks and phone calls. This will keep them from rushing and help prevent fatigue. Before leaving, drivers should make sure any cargo in the vehicle is secured to prevent shifting when the car is moving. If a driver drops an item on the floor during the trip, he or she should pull before picking it up. Finally, drivers should make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing their safety belt and remember to never drink and drive.

Motor vehicle accidents can be caused by a number of factors. A personal injury attorney could help victims of car accidents file a legal claim against the driver who caused the crash. This could lead to a financial settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Nationwide, “Driving safety tips every driver should know“, Aug. 20, 2018