Dana Skaggs, our resident Bardstown commuter and “road warrior,” has these tips for safe driving in 2016:
- STAY OFF YOUR PHONE. In 2015, in Jefferson County alone, there were 250 known collisions as a direct result of cell phone use – 67 of those resulting in reported injuries.
- SLOW DOWN. It’s better to arrive there safely even if you are a few minutes late.
- WEAR YOUR SEATBELT. (Of course.)
- PRACTICE DEFENSIVE DRIVING. Oh, if I had a dollar for every time my dear Dad preached this one, I’d be a rich woman. Be aware of others around you and what they are doing (braking, easing out of a side street, trying to pass). Even if someone does something really stupid you still may be able to avoid an accident.
- KNOW YOUR COMFORT ZONE. If you can’t see well in the rain, catch a ride and/or pull over to a safe place (an emergency lane is NOT a safe place) until your visibility is better. Do you panic when you are driving in major metro areas? Leave early so you can take your time and can afford to stop and ask a local for directions.
- DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. You know this already. Ride with a designated driver or call a cab or Uber. Don’t put yourself and others at risk.