If you are a driver, then you know the almost seamless efforts it takes to keep everything running smoothly on the road. However, it does take some effort on your part to ensure your safety and that of everyone else out there. Here are three questions you need to answer before getting in your car.

Do you know what to do after an accident?

If you have the unfortunate experience of being in a car accident, there are some things you need to do.

  • Assess yourself and your passengers for injuries.
  • Pull to the side of the road or get out of the vehicle, if you are able, for safety.
  • Call 911 if needed.
  • Exchange information with the other driver, if applicable.
  • Document any damage on both vehicles and adjacent property. Use your smartphone to take pictures.
  • Contact and notify your insurance company.
  • Contact a car accident law firm to understand your rights and learn about the next steps to take.

If you are in a car accident, it can be a very stressful situation. Try to keep calm to stay safe and get the information you need at that moment.

Is your car stocked with safety essentials?

It is important to keep an emergency kit in your car just in case something happens. From being in an accident to getting a flat tire out in the middle of nowhere, having a well-stocked emergency kit can make the difference between wondering what to do and staying safe and being left in the dark. Pay attention to the seasons in your area or any places you will be traveling to, and pack items needed to deal with rain, snow, or heat as well.

Watch this video to learn about seven safety items everyone should have in their car.

Are you in the right frame of mind to drive?

Of course, you already know that drinking and driving is an absolute no. But are you aware of other types of driving under the influence? Illegal drugs are obviously not on your to-do list, but with the rise of legalized marijuana, it bears talking about that operating a motor vehicle after using any form of marijuana should also be avoided.

A few other things to consider before you get behind the wheel are your frame of mind, whether you have had enough sleep, and if you are too distracted to focus. If you had a disagreement with your significant other, take a few moments to cool off and get your head back in the game. Emotions can run too high to realize that a light turned red or there is a person in the crosswalk. The same goes for not being well rested. Lack of sleep can cause your cognitive abilities to slow, which makes it more difficult to make snap decisions or even good decisions on the road.

Whether you are going to work, picking up dinner, or heading out on an epic road trip adventure, it is always important to know what to do in case of an emergency. Be safe out there by only driving in the right state of mind and keeping your vehicle well-maintained and fully stocked with all of your safety essentials.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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