As drivers, we always have a responsibility to practice safe driving, but it’s especially important to keep that in mind today.

A recent study from Nationwide Insurance found that August 2nd is the deadliest day of the year for vehicle crashes. This month as a whole is also more deadly than any other, according to the same study. During a five-year span from 2012 to 2016, 15,914 people died in vehicle accidents in August. 505 of those deaths were on August 2nd. The report cited congested traffic, hard braking, and faster acceleration as leading causes.

Before you get behind the wheel, brush up on these tips for safe driving.

Most Common Driving Dangers

1) Failing to follow the speed limit. Always know the speed limit where you’re driving, and keep an eye on your speedometer. Give yourself ample time to make it to your destination, as rushing is a major reason people speed.

2) Ignoring traffic signs and violating right of way.

3) Turning improperly. Use your turn signal so that other drivers know you’re turning. Yield to pedestrians or other vehicles if you need to, and keep the car close to the curb.

4) Failing to use caution while passing other vehicles.

5) Following too closely. You should always keep 3-5 seconds between you and the car ahead of you.

Safe Driving Tips

1) Never drive distracted. Some distractions we choose to engage in: texting, talking on the phone, eating, or changing the radio. Others, like cranky passengers in the backset or confusion from an unfamiliar road, are more out of our hands. Regardless, it’s important to stay focused and alert while you drive.

2) Take steps to protect yourself. Always wear a seatbelt, but remember other important safety precautions, too: proper use of headlights and checking your mirror for adjustments before you head off.

3) Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition. Regular maintenance — tune-ups, oil changes, and battery checks, among others — can prevent some of the more common breakdowns.

4) Only drive when you are clear headed. No one should ever get behind the wheel after using drugs or alcohol, but driving while overly tired or stressed can also be dangerous. Check yourself to make sure you’re in the physical and mental state you should be in to drive.

5) Practice. Countless studies have shown the correlation between experience and safe driving. On average, teenagers between 16 and 19 are four times more likely to get into accidents than adults. If you have a young driver in your household, try to drive with them as frequently as possible — having an adult passenger in the car often instills better driving habits.

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