The road is a dangerous place, and you’ve seen enough accidents — and news stories about accidents — to understand the risks you face. You want to do everything in your power to stay safe — on every road trip, every commute, every trip to the store.
It could be argued that nothing is more important than awareness. Staying focused on the road is the key. It can prevent all manner of accidents. When you’re focused and aware, you don’t make the mistakes others make that lead to accidents, like drifting out of your lane, running a stop sign, or rear-ending a car that stopped in traffic ahead of you.
But it’s not just about you. Half of the danger on the road is that other drivers cause accidents. You can still get injured without making a mistake.
Again, focus and awareness can be your salvation. They allow you to identify dangerous drivers so that you can watch them carefully or even keep your distance. Being aware means that you see them making mistakes instantly, or you even anticipate these mistakes before they happen. You can then react quickly to keep yourself safe and avoid a crash that would have appeared inevitable otherwise.
People often talk about the benefits of defensive driving. While it has many components, the No. 1 key is just to stay focused and be aware at all times.
Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen, even to safe drivers. If you get hit and suffer serious injuries, you may need to seek out compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs.