Do you consider yourself to be a safe driver?

Given how so many depend on autos for transportation, being a safe driver takes on importance.

That said are there steps you can take to lower your chances of being the next auto accident statistic?

Don’t Take Chances Out on the Roads

In going about being as safe as possible when you get behind the wheel, remember the following steps:

1. Driving is a privilege – Too many drivers forget that driving in fact is a privilege. If you think what you do when out on the roads is not that big of a deal, you’re already taking chances. Remember that safety is the rule of the road. While you can have fun and enjoy driving, don’t think it is something you can do without consequences. In honoring this privilege, always be sure to obey the rules of the road. While going a few miles over the speed limit tends not to be the end of the world, do not make it a regular habit. You also want to be sure to avoid road rage incidents. Even one such incident can change your life and the lives of others forever.

2. Know your vehicle in and out – By knowing all there is to know about your vehicle, you lower odds of an accident. So, are you thinking about buying another car or truck anytime soon? If the answer is yes, doing your research on any vehicles of interest is critical. This is even more important when looking at used vehicles. Since you do not know the history of the vehicle unless buying from family or friend, research is crucial. One way to learn more about a used auto is going online and doing a free VIN lookup. When you have the vehicle I.D. number, you have a better opportunity to learn its past. If you find out the vehicle was in accidents or has had recalls, it may make you think if this vehicle is right for you.

3. Don’t push your luck – Last, are you someone known to pushing their luck more times than not? If so; how long before your luck runs out on you? For example, you think driving in inclement weather is the same as a nice weather day. So, you leave for work or an appointment at your normal time. When traffic is slow due to the conditions, you decide to try and speed up to make up time. Before you know it, you’ve gotten yourself into an accident. Another example is if you like to have an alcoholic drink on occasion right before driving. You may think it is not that big of a deal. Remember, it only takes one too many to land you in an accident that can have bad ramifications. Lower your odds of getting into an accident. That is by either not drinking or having public transport get you around when you want to indulge.

By being a smart and respectful driver, your odds of an auto accident go down.

So, are you up to the test?