Driving day in and day out to complete daily obligations can make drivers more comfortable on the road. But, unfortunately, even expert drivers come across hazards and negligent drivers.

To protect yourself from things outside of your control, it’s important to do all you can to increase your safety. Here are five hazards to consider:

  1. Distractions: There are three main ways drivers become distracted on the road. Some distractions cause drivers to look away from the road, some require the use of a driver’s hands and some cause a driver’s mind to wander. While driving, it’s essential to refrain from multitasking, place your phone far out of reach and keep your head clear.
  2. Speeding: Driving over the speed limit is also dangerous. If you are cutting through traffic at a quick speed, then you’re more likely to lose track of your surroundings and be unable to stop in time if you come across an obstacle. Plus, if you do end up in an accident and you were speeding, you may wind up with more severe injuries.
  3. Large vehicles: Although you wouldn’t want to collide with a vehicle of any size, you should always be on the lookout for larger vehicles. Taking extra caution when passing drivers who have big blind spots, take wide turns, carry heavy loads and have a longer stopping distance may prevent you from getting into an accident with a truck or bus.
  4. Poor weather: Philadelphia has its fair share of stormy days and slippery snow. Precipitation can make it easier for your car to slide and decrease your visibility. So, be sure to look at the forecast before driving anywhere. And don’t hesitate to pull over if weather conditions progress through the duration of your drive.
  5. Nighttime driving: Driving at night is akin to driving in bad weather conditions, as it messes with your visibility and you can come across a plethora of dangers. For example, impaired and fatigued drivers are more likely to be out late into the night. Staying off the road when you know it might be unsafe and being wary of reckless drivers may be life-saving measures.

If you fall victim to a crash, even after building better habits, a legal professional can guide you through getting the compensation, healing and justice you deserve.