Be Aware, Drive with Care

Driving is not only a privilege in Albuquerque, but it is also a major responsibility, and at Quanz, we believe in increasing awareness for those drivers on the road.

And, coincidentally enough, October is Awareness Month, so we’re just in time! This month, keep your eyes on the road, put your phone away, and watch out for hazardous weather.

Weather

Fall is finally here. As the days are getting shorter, the weather is definitely getting colder and rain is more abundant than ever. Driving in this type of weather is simple, just make sure to be careful.

By slowing down, you can avoid hydroplaning when it’s rainy. If you are driving up to high speeds over layers of water, you can cause your car to hydroplane. This will basically cause you to lose control of your steering and braking, and possibly cause an accident.

Working windshield wipers are crucial. If the rain is coming down hard, and your windshield wipers are moving at the slowest pace possible, your vision will be impaired. If you can’t see, then you could be in serious danger, and maybe causing an accident.

Distracted Driving

We’ve said it before, but there’s no harm in saying it once more, don’t use your cell phone while driving. It can be extremely harmful to those around you.

While both teens and adults are guilty for texting or talking while driving, this type of distraction can cause take your focus off the road for way too long. Statistically, drivers who are texting while driving are 23 times more likely to get in an accident, and a driver who is talking on their cell phone is 4 times more likely to get in an accident.1

Being aware of your surroundings is essential while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for just a second can cause a traumatic experience and ultimately getting you and maybe another person into a car accident.

Halloween Traffic

Remember, October means that Halloween is just around the corner, and their will many trick-or-treaters walking around the neighborhood, dressed in costumes. As a driver, it is important to remember that you must take extra precaution during this holiday.

Children will be running around, disguised in dark costumes blending into the night, ultimately making them harder to see. Take it slow if you happen to run into trick-or-treaters while driving, and be aware of their actions. A child’s actions can be harder to predict, so make sure to keep them in your peripheral vision while you’re driving.

Even though, October is Awareness Month, you should always be aware of your surroundings when driving. It will keep you and other around you, safe.

1. Source: http://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html#2012-text-pedestrian-study