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How Can I Be a Better Driver?

As a Tennessee motorist, safety is a must. While you can’t change the actions of other drivers, the steps you take to be a safer, more conscientious driver will actually minimize your risk of an accident. KidsHealth.org offers the following tips in this case, which can help drivers both young and old stay safe when on the road.

What should I do if involved in a hit and run?

It can happen to any Shelby driver, no matter how safe you are. Hit and runs will turn your world upside down, potentially depriving you of a reliable vehicle and leaving you responsible for an exorbitant repair bill. There are steps you can take to improve the situation however, as explained by State Farm below.

Eating behind the wheel: a dangerous distraction

Many in Shelby may perceive dangerous driving to only include those practices that are blatantly negligent, such as being intoxicated or texting while behind the wheel. In reality, there are a number of other actions that many undertake while driving that can also impair their abilities. Chief among these is eating while driving. Most consider eating to be such a natural action that it requires little to no thought at all. Yet when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists the actions that can be most distracting to drivers, it includes eating right near the top. 

How can I avoid distracted driving?

As a Tennessee driver you know that safety is crucial when behind the wheel. However, keeping distractions at bay while driving can be difficult, especially with smartphones and GPS in every vehicle. Geico offers the following advice in this case, which will help you preserve the safety of yourself as well as other drivers.

What Is Defensive Driving?

Defensive driving is defined as being hyper-aware of the many threats and dangers that exist on Tennessee roads. It entails a number of safe driving behaviors that can greatly reduce your risk of being involved in a serious accident. But what does it actually mean to be a defensive driver? Business Insider offers the following tips to help you hone your ability and preserve the safety of yourself as well as your passengers.

What is negligent entrustment?

Car accidents are certainly not an uncommon occurrence in Shelby. Yet they also are not a risk that you and other motorists should simply be expected to accept. If you have been involved in a car accident, you have every right to want to know the circumstances that contributed to it. Oftentimes it may be revealed that the driver that hit you likely shouldn't have been behind the wheel (e.g., he or she had been proven to be a careless driver or was driving with a suspended license). When this happens, your frustration may be equally split between the driver and whomever allowed him or her to drive. 

Whiplash most common injury in car crashes

Every 17 seconds, a back-end vehicle crash occurs in the U.S., and Tennessee has its share of them. According to Consumer Reports, neck strain and sprains, or whiplash, are the injuries motorists most often report. Whiplash occurs when your head is snapped backward, hyperextending the neck and causing damage to nerves and ligaments. Often, the pain and stiffness that occurs in whiplash lingers for several days and can occur during crashes in which cars are traveling as slow as 10 mph.

Reviewing the results of drowsy driving

Many in Shelby may plan ahead to keep themselves from driving while intoxicated. With the added awareness dedicated to the dangers associated with texting and driving, several more are now putting their phones away while behind the wheel. Yet there is another dangerous driving practice that many to continue to engage in that presents an equal amount of risk: drowsy driving.

What are my options for recovering damages following an accident?

If you are injured in an accident in Tennessee, the last thing you want to think about is dealing with the insurance company, yours or anyone else’s. However, it is crucial to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible with any and all insurance carriers who may have a stake in the accident, so you can assess your options for recovering damages. 

Drunk driving potentially involved in fatal crash

Many people in Tennessee have a heightened awareness about the dangers of drunk driving during the New Year's holiday time. This risk, however, is also prevalent during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday time as people commonly attend family gatherings, business parties and other social functions where alcohol is served as part of the holiday merriment. They then get in their cars or other vehicles and attempt to drive home safely.

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