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Port Charlotte Drivers: Use These Tips To Help You Stay Safe While Operating Motor Vehicles

Let's face it. The roadways across southwest Florida aren't always the safest things to travel on, especially our busiest roads like Tamiami Trail, Veterans Blvd, Kings Highway, Highway 17, and US 41. They are congested with vehicles and negligent drivers. Of course, not all motorists partake in reckless or dangerous activities, but some do. Hence, even if a Port Charlotte driver does everything correctly each and every time they get behind the wheel, they could still get involved in an accident. 

For instance, a person might be driving along Veterans Blvd, only to have a drunk driver side-swipe and push their car into the concrete barrier. Another example could be an individual riding down Westchester Blvd. in their vehicle. Then, a drowsy driver swerves into their lane, striking their vehicle head-on. Thankfully, the people in the scenarios walk away with their lives intact. However, the victims do not escape severe injuries. 

So, let's all work together and see if we can make N Tamiami Trail, Beacon Dr, Edgewater Dr, and everywhere between a little safer for everyone. You can certainly take other measures to accomplish the goal, but for those interested, these tips may help. If nothing else, they're at least a place to start.

Buckle Up Each Time You Get Into A Motor Vehicle

It doesn't matter if you are a driver or passenger, you should always buckle up before the vehicle begins to move. For one, it's the law, and if you get caught not wearing the device, the officer could present you with a fine. But we're here to talk about your safety, so let's get back on topic and off your money woes. People die and get injured in crashes daily, and all too often, it is because they weren't wearing seat belts.

According to research, seat belts reduce the risk of fatalities in front-seat passengers by 45 percent. The unit also decreases the chance of moderate to critical injury by a whopping 50 percent. So, do yourself a favor and buckle up. Also, make it a point to get others riding in your vehicle to buckle up as well.

Get Enough Rest Before Long Journeys

It can be challenging for a lot of people to get a peaceful night's rest on any given day. There are different reasons why that is, but sleep disorders are often to blame. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website reveals between 50 and 70 million Americans have sleep or wakefulness disorders. Still, you owe it to yourself and others to try and get enough sleep at night, which for an adult is usually 7 to 9 hours. 

Obviously, this is important any time you'll be driving, but perhaps even more so when a long trip is on the table. That's because it never seems to fail. You're behind the wheel for hours on end and the yawns start to come. Then, the eyelids begin to feel heavy, and if you aren't careful, the next thing you know you could drift off to sleep. Therefore, do your best to get an appropriate amount of sleep before long trips, and if you begin getting tired while driving, pull over and rest, go for a walk, or grab a cup of coffee.

Some Last Words

Hopefully, you and other Port Charlotte drivers can put these tips to good use and avoid accidents. However, if you are involved in a crash because of someone's negligence, you might have the grounds to seek compensation for your damages. If you would like to determine if you have a legitimate personal injury claim, contact All Injuries Law Firm, P.A., to schedule a free case evaluation with an accident attorney today.

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