Today is a good day. That’s because fewer accidents leading to injury happen on Feb. 29 than any other day — as long as you look at a ten year window of time.

Some of you reading are wondering why. Others are saying, “Well, duh…”

Yes, 2012 is a leap year, so this year we have a Feb. 29, a day we only get to experience every four years. That explains why fewer accidents happen on Feb. 29 than any other day. If you feel tricked, I apologize.The pay-off is that, with this post, I’m going to provide you with a few tips to help keep other days in your year as safe as Feb. 29.:

1. Keep your automobile in top running condition. Make sure your tires have air in them, swap out your windshield wiper blades every six months, perform routine maintenance like brake checks, oil changes, and tire rotations. This will keep you safer every day of the year and help you avoid accidents caused by maintenance issues..

2. Don’t drink and drive. While this is a no brainer, people sitll do it every day. It is a supreme act of negligence to get behind the wheel of a car, truck, or motorcycle when you have been drinking or using drugs. Even prescription drugs have labels, and if those labels say “don’t drive,” don’t do it.

3. Leave your phone alone when you are behind the wheel. You do not need to be in touch 24/7. When cell phones, then called mobile phones, first came out, they were used primarily for emergencies. Husbands bought them for their wives when they were expecting babies. Companies put them in company cars to make it easier for their traveling employees to stay in touch with the office. Just a couple decades ago a very small percent of the population carried a cell phone.

4, Observe all speed limit and caution signs, and drive appropriate to the weather conditions. Car accidents in Georgia increase dramatically when spring rains hit. If it’s raining and roads are wet, slow down. Also remember to turn on your headlights when it rains. If you need your wipers, your lights should be on.

5. Keep a safe distance between you and the drivers on every side of you. A good rule for avoiding car accidents is to keep one car length for every ten miles per hour you are driving between you and the car in front of you. So, if you are going 70 miles per hour and there is not room for six cars to fit between you and the driver in front of you, you are following too close.

Follow these five tips every day, and chances are you can make all 365 days (or is it 366?) a year safe! For assistance with legal matters involving personal injury from an accident or another’s negligence, contact the Law Offices of David Van Sant.

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