Driving on Louisiana roads is treacherous at times, especially when you are in a populated area like Lafayette. While you cannot control the road conditions or the behavior of other drivers, there are some ways you can safeguard yourself.
Here are five driving tips to help you get home safely.
1. Stay aware
There is no substitute for a vigilant driver. When driving, do what you can to avoid distractions, such as food, phones and the radio. Also, keep a close eye on the actions of other drivers.
2. Drive sober
Drugs and alcohol can seriously impair your judgment and abilities behind the wheel. Avoid driving if you are under the influence.
3. Wear a seatbelt
Wearing a seatbelt is Louisiana law for a good reason. A seatbelt can reduce your risk of injury by 50% or more. You and your passengers should wear a seatbelt at all times. You should also ensure you have appropriate car seats for each child in the vehicle.
4. Obey the speed limit
Believe it or not, a significant amount of science goes into determining appropriate road speeds to help you stay safe while driving. Stick to the speed limit if for no other reason than to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
5. Practice patience
Unfortunately, aggressive driving is becoming widespread in all states, not just the Bayou State. A little patience goes a long way when you are on the road. Even if someone cuts you off, try to de-escalate the situation by remaining calm.
Driving is a necessity. Make your commute safer by keeping these five driving tips in mind.