Many areas of the United States are seeing a big drop in gas prices. While savings at the pump might seem like a plus, the increase in cars on the road and reduced necessity of efficient driving increases the risk of an auto accident significantly.
Research shows that the number of deaths in auto accidents tends to go up when gas prices are low, according to National Public Radio. This is due not only to more cars on the road but also the abandonment of good fuel economy practices that reduce the amount of gas used while driving.
In many cases safe driving also uses less gas than more aggressive alternatives. So, being careful behind the wheel reduces your accident risk and is also easier on your budget.
Here are six ways you can drive safely and save money while driving:
- Obey the speed limit.
- Avoid driving faster than 50 mph when possible.
- Maintain an even pace – don’t alternate between accelerating and braking.
- Reduce the weight of your vehicle by removing unnecessary cargo from your trunk, back seat, and roof rack.
- Keep your tires properly inflated and visit the shop for scheduled maintenance.
- Select travel times when you won’t hit traffic.
A combination of safe driving and commonsense fuel economy strategies can not only keep your car running for less but also help you avoid collisions with other vehicles. But if another driver behaves recklessly and causes an accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 304-865-8530 today for a no-cost consultation with our experienced Parkesburg auto accident attorneys.