As the years go by, driver education, road construction and car safety are getting better, reducing the chances of accidents. However, crashes are still reported on Kentucky roads and throughout the U.S. In 2021, 131, 208 traffic collisions were reported in Kentucky. Thus, it’s vital to be careful on the road.
Below are three safety tips for driving in Kentucky:
1. Do not follow too closely
It’s dangerous when vehicles follow each other too closely. You should leave a safe distance of at least three seconds from the car in front of you. And this can increase to about 5 seconds on faster roads.
2. Give the right of way
When driving, you have a duty to keep other road users safe. Thus, always give the right of way. For instance, do not drive on the bicycle or pedestrian lanes. If you are at an uncontrolled intersection, the driver on the right should have the right of way if both of you arrive at the same time. Further, before making a left turn, yield to oncoming cars and pedestrians.
Even when you have the right of way, but it’s unsafe to proceed, it will help to be patient and let the other party pass. The right of way should be given. When everyone decides to take it, the roads can be dangerous.
3. Drive according to the weather
Your driving activities should change depending on the weather. How you drive during the summer may differ from how you do it in winter. For example, during winter, you should drive slower due to slippery roads. You will also reduce your speed in heavy rains due to reduced visibility. Doing this can keep you safe throughout the year.
Driving safely can protect you from accidents. However, if you are injured by another driver, you should consider your options to get fair compensation.