On my drive in to work this morning I passed a major collision on my route. Fortunately, both drivers were unharmed. The incident got me thinking – we as commuters are easily on the road over 200 commute days a year. We can’t get out of the task of driving to work but we can make the drive as safe and pleasant as possible.
Some top priorities would be to look well ahead for traffic stopping, pick a lane where you feel comfortable and stay with the speed of traffic in that lane within reason, and have an escape route open at all times to avoid being rear ended. Rear enders are the leading cause of injury so they are a major problem.
So whether it’s city driving or highway driving that will get you to work, be sure to keep your eyes moving to spot any potential problems on the roads. And in either of these driving scenarios, never sit beside another vehicle – especially in their blind spot. Many drivers do not check their blind spots so best to not put yourself in potential danger.
Now the drive home, the same rules apply. I know for myself, I can’t wait to get home to see the family. That knowledge right there makes the drive more pleasant and making it safe is keeping myself alert behind the wheel and avoiding any road ragers who feel they have to get to their place first.
Depending on when you’re reading this, from one commuter to another, safe drive home or safe drive to work today!