Although you may be planning to give your Valentine a dozen roses or box of chocolate, safety behind the wheel is hands down the best gift you can give this Valentine’s Day. Below is our “Valentines Special” featuring several of our best suggestions for driving safety.
V-Very Attentive: When driving, walking, riding a bike, or using any other mode of transportation, it is important to be attentive to your surroundings and constantly scanning for potential dangers.
A-Attitude: It is important to approach the road with a good attitude; road rage is not only unpleasant for you and your passengers but also dangerous.
L-Lane Changes: Before changing lanes, remember to check your blind spots, turn on your turn signal, and make sure there is an opening in traffic large enough for your vehicle.
E-Engine: When was the last time you had your vehicle serviced? You cannot approach the road safely if your vehicle is not running properly.
N-No Tolerance Policy: Do not allow yourself or your loved ones to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs. A $20 cab is worth the cost every time.
T-Technology: Although some technologies have created great improvements in safety, such as back up cameras and lane placement sensors, most technologies act as a distraction on the road. Stow your cellphone and set your GPS before hitting the road so you can better enjoy your Valentine’s company.
I-Insurance: Sure, you hope you never need to use it, but you and your loved ones will sleep better at night knowing you have adequate coverage for your vehicle, home, and health. (Feel free to contact us for a quick review and explanation of your auto policy coverages)
N-Nighttime Driving: Remember to turn your lights on from dusk to dawn, pay extra attention for wildlife that may enter the roadway, and only drive if you are awake enough for the task.
E-Ears: Not only is it illegal to drive with headphones in your ears but it is also a huge distraction. Your ears allow you to hear sirens of emergency vehicles, horns of cars, and any new noises your vehicle may be making that could be a sign of disrepair.
S-Stopping: Rear-ending accidents are some of the most common in Virginia. Remember to pay close attention to the vehicle ahead of you and scan the horizon for traffic or stoplights so you can prepare to stop with the flow of traffic. My father, a professional truck driver his entire working life, trained me to keep a “space cushion” between you and the car ahead and behind.
Please feel free to share any of your favorite driving safety tips in the comments below!
Tom Curcio, the driving force behind Curcio Law, is a dedicated trial lawyer with more than 37 years of experience in Northern Virginia. He has dedicated his career to representing people who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. He works tirelessly to obtain the compensation his clients are legally entitled to…
Rakin Hamad is a graduate of the George Mason Law School and joined Curcio Law as an associate in August 2018. Rakin works closely with Tom Curcio and staff in preparing cases from the initial client meeting through trial and has been a perfect fit for the firm. During law school, Rakin interned at the…
Justin Curcio received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2015, where he was awarded an academic scholarship. During law school, he worked for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the law firm of Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan, LLP. Justin also spent a semester studying law at the University of Glasgow…
Riann Winget, a native Texan, graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Legal Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. She was a member of the varsity soccer team, Chi Omega Sorority, and was on the university board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. After graduation, she joined AmeriCorps and taught preschool…
Maureen Burke was born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts area and relocated to the Alexandria area in 1984 where she and her husband raised their three children. Maureen graduated with a BS in Nursing from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and an MS in Nursing from George Mason University. Maureen has worked at…
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