Everyone is concerned about vehicle safety. People want to protect themselves and those they love against accidents, injuries and worse.
Here are some simple and easy things you can do to improve vehicle safety:
Inert your tires
The number one thing you can do to improve vehicle safety is to make sure your tires are always filled at the level recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Doing so will help prevent flat tires and blowouts, which can result in losing control of the vehicle.
Inerting your tires (filling them with inert gas rather than compressed air) is the best way keep them inflated at the optimal recommended level.
Using compressed air to fill your tires isn’t as effective as inertion because:
- Tires filled with air lose about a pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure monthly
- In the winter, colder temperatures reduce air pressure
- In the summer, warm weather increases air pressure.
Inertion prevents these issues, maintaining pressure at a more consistent level.
Other things you can do to improve driving safety
Once you inert your tires, consider doing these things to drive more safely:
- Buckle up. Wearing a safety belt is the surest way to prevent injuries and deaths on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drivers not wearing seat belts were 30 times more likely to be ejected from vehicles in accidents.
- Don’t drink and drive. If you’re out drinking, select a designed driver to get you home or use a car service like Uber or Lyft. According to the CDC, in 2016, more than 10,000 people died in crashes involving alcohol, accounting for 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Don’t get distracted. Distracted driving is almost as dangerous as driving after drinking. Similar to alcohol, it significantly reduces reaction time. Avoid checking your cell phone, eating, applying make-up or doing other activities that take your eyes off the road.
- Watch your speed. Drive at the posted speed limit in good driving conditions and slow down when weather makes driving challenging. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, excessive speed caused almost 10,000 deaths in 2017.
- Learn how to handle your car. Every vehicle is different. Practice driving in a parking lot or other protected area in different weather conditions so you know how to control your vehicle in an emergency. Waiting until one happens is too late.