Driving in New York can be stressful, and in an area like Selden or Mastic there can be a lot of pedestrians you have to watch out for to avoid an accident. There are several tips that drivers can follow in order to practice safety on the road. The first one of these is to always be aware of your surroundings. Texting, eating, drinking, and talking on the phone are all major distractions. So are large numbers of rowdy passengers, crying or screaming children, or loud music. Sometimes, some of these things are completely unavoidable, but most of these distractions can be avoided or minimized.
Second, know where you’re going. If you get lost and distracted, you’re more likely to get frustrated. That can lead to aggressive driving, a lack of attention to the road, and mistakes that can cause a pedestrian to get seriously hurt. Yes, your car will be damaged, but most pedestrians don’t handle the collision nearly as well as the vehicle. Not to mention the mental and emotional stress placed on both the pedestrian and the driver of the vehicle. It doesn’t matter at that point who’s at fault, because both parties have to deal with the consequences.
Lastly, know the laws for the New York area that you’re in. The more you obey traffic laws in Mastic, Selden, and other areas, the lower your chances of having an accident. There’s no guarantees, of course, because you can do everything right and still have things go wrong. If you’re concerned about your abilities behind the wheel or the coverage that you have on your insurance policy, come in and talk to us. As an independent agent, we can help you find the right policy, and may even be able to help you with safe driving tips or driving school recommendations.