PHOENIX, Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hastings & Hastings, Arizona's Premier Discount Accident Lawyers, believes that accidents are preventable and that proper safety measure can result in a reduction of accident injuries and fatalities. In an effort to see collision statistics reduces and fatalities decline, Hastings & Hastings encourage highway safety.
Highway safety begins before individuals even set a tire on the highway. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts vehicle collision tests to determine which vehicles are the safest in the event of a collision. They release their top safety picks each year.
Consumers who are in the market for a new car can browse the report and search for a vehicle that has a high safety rating and that fits their personal needs. To qualify as a top safety pick, cars must achieve good ratings in roof strength, moderate front side overlap, head restraint testing and achieve acceptable ratings in small overlap front test. Hastings & Hastings and encourages all consumer to look over the report closely before they invest heavily in a new car.
When merging onto the highway, it is important for drivers to bring their car up to speed. If they fail to match the speed of traffic, it could become difficult or even dangerous to merge onto the highway. Drivers also need to properly signal their merge. Hastings & Hastings encourages drivers to be patient. It is always best to wait for an opening rather than trying to force a merger. Hastings & Hastings always encourages drivers to err on the side of caution.
When driving on the highway, it is crucial that drivers leave the proper amount of space between them and the car they are following. The two-second rule is a widely taught tenant of defensive driving. It states that drivers should leave a minimum of two seconds of stopping time between them and the car they are following. This equates to approximately 1 car length for every 5 mph the vehicle is traveling. A car traveling 65 mph should leave 13 car lengths between it and the next vehicle on the highway.
"Following proper highway safety procedures is a great way to minimizing the risk of experiencing an accident while driving on the highway. As always, if an accident does occur, drivers should protect themselves by contacting an experienced legal professional who will help them explore all of their options," said David Hastings, the founder of Hastings & Hastings.
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