Texas police are reminding motorists to avoid the “fatal 5”

It’s National Road Safety Week, and Texas authorities are making efforts to educate and inform motorists about the dangers out there on the roads.

While there’s no way to prevent every possible roadway hazard, the police are focusing on the things that are within each driver’s ability to control.

The fatal 5 bad habits behind the wheel

There are five things drivers do that can lead to absolutely tragic accidents. In no particular order, these include:

  • Speeding. You need to take into account the weather, the road conditions and the traffic when you’re driving. Slow down and give other drivers their space.
  • Alcohol and drugs. It’s never wise to get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking or after you’ve taken drugs that could affect your cognitive or motor skills.
  • Fatigue. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving — and drivers often try to “push through” their fatigue until they literally fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Skipping the seat belt. A seat belt is the number one piece of safety equipment you have in your car — so buckle up before you get on the road (even for short trips).
  • Distracted driving. While any distraction in the car is bad, cellular phones are a problem that’s particular to the modern era. Put yours on mute when you’re driving.

Remember, the life you save by remembering these rules could be your own.

When you’re injured in a wreck

You can take all of the precautions in the world and still fall victim to another driver’s negligence. If you’ve been hurt in a wreck, let an attorney deal with the insurance company to protect your rights.