Stay in Your Lane … Five tips For Safe Driving This Holiday Season

Winding road sign in Mount Baker National Park during sunset.

Our attorneys know the ins and outs of auto accident claims, but we’d rather help you avoid that necessity. When
you’re behind the wheel, staying safe means staying vigilant. These are the most common errors that lead to
accidents in Idaho:

      1. Moving Out of Your Lane
        Unexpected lane changes account for a staggering 25% of all car accidents. You can help prevent these accidents if
        you:

        • Avoid driving when you are tired or fatigued.
        • Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions.
        • Use your turn signals when changing lanes or making a turn.
        • Maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you.
      2. Driving While Distracted
        Distracted driving causes up to 22% of all collisions. Distractions can range from cell phone use to dealing with
        unruly children. To prevent distracted driving accidents, take the following precautions:

        • Put your phone away and keep it out of reach while driving.
        • Use a hands-free device if you need to make or answer calls.
        • If necessary, “pull this car over” to address any issues with your children.
        • Keep your attention solely on the road while driving.
      3. Speeding
        Slowing down, especially during adverse weather conditions, and obeying the speed limit can make the road safer
        for everyone. You can help prevent speeding-related accidents when you:

        • Adhere to posted speed limits.
        • Reduce your speed during adverse weather conditions.
        • Reduce speed if road and traffic conditions warrant it.
      4. Tailgating and Driving Too Close
        Driving too close accounts for 19% of Idaho accidents. To avoid tailgating-related accidents:

        • Maintain a safe following distance.
        • Increase your following distance in adverse weather conditions.
        • Be patient and avoid aggressive driving behavior.
      5. Collisions with Animals
        Idaho is home to a diversity of wildlife and livestock. Unfortunately, they occasionally find their way onto our
        roadways. To address these risks, consider the following:

        • Use your high beams, especially in rural areas, at night when permissible.
        • Pay close attention to your surroundings and be vigilant for wildlife or livestock on the road.
        • Brake cautiously if an animal suddenly appears in your path.

If, despite your best efforts, you find yourself involved in an auto accident, our firm specializes in auto accident
claims and is here to provide expert legal guidance and support. Stay safe on the road, follow the rules, and
prioritize responsible driving whenever you hit the road.