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Stay safe while driving this summer

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2022 | Personal Injury

During the summer months, Mississippi roads tend to be busier than usual as people flock to beaches and other destinations. It’s also a time when younger drivers are more likely to be on the road because they are on extended school breaks. Understanding how to account for increased traffic and younger motorists may allow you to minimize your risk of getting into an accident.

How to stay safe on busy highways

Prior to leaving home, make sure that your vehicle’s brakes and tires are in good condition. This will make it easier to slow down, stop or otherwise avoid hazards in a timely manner. You should also make sure to drive at a speed that is safe for road conditions and to always use your turn signal prior to making a lane change. Cleaning your windshield and wearing sunglasses can cancel out the sun’s glare and make it easy to see during the early morning or late evening hours.

Defensive driving tactics can help

Driving in a defensive manner means that you expect someone to make a mistake while operating their vehicle. For instance, if you see a motorist using a cellphone, you may assume that they may change lanes without looking. By assuming this to be true, you can create an action plan that takes you out of their path before anything happens that might eventually result in a car crash.

If you are hurt in a crash involving a negligent driver, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for medical bills and other losses that you have incurred.