Some drivers struggle to balance their feelings of personal liberty with their need to drive more carefully. Yet everyone wants to avoid reckless driving violations that can lead to jail time. Perhaps drivers just need an incentive to start driving more carefully. Here are six reasons for slowing down and paying greater attention to the road.
Balance the Bad
A careful driver can balance the dangerous actions of bad drivers. By employing defensive driving strategies, good drivers can make the roads safer for themselves, their families, and others.
Save on Fuel Costs
It’s so easy to speed, but drivers eat up gas by going 80 or more. They also risk reckless driving violations. A careful driver uses less gas by driving closer to the speed limit. Drivers can use cruise control to help them regulate speed and resist the temptation to let it rip.
Eliminate Jail Time
Reckless driving violations may put the driver in jeopardy of jail time. The only way to deal with this is to get a good attorney. In the meantime, the best way to eliminate fines is to drive more carefully and more slowly. No one wants to lose their license, their vehicle or their freedom due to an avoidable traffic violation.
Safeguard Against Wrecks
Defensive driving helps to safeguard the driver against wrecks and the resulting financial repercussions. A wreck can mean expensive car repair, car rental, car replacement, medical care, physical therapy, and lower pay due to missed work. Even a minor wreck can clean out a driver’s bank account.
A careful driving record provides the strongest defense in the case of an accident. A driver who was obeying traffic and speed laws at the time of an accident is less likely to be found at fault. This can prevent law enforcement from pursuing a jail sentence. It can prevent the other party from launching a successful lawsuit.
Maintain Vehicle Integrity
By being alert to everything from potholes to road debris to weather dangers, a careful driver protects a vehicle from damage. Driving carefully day after day protects the vehicle’s tires, suspension, brakes and other valuable parts. This can extend the life of the car.
Truly, a slower speed and a more careful approach can save money, stress, time and grief. It really is worth it to curb bad driving habits and start driving with greater care.