Even the safest drivers are vulnerable to motor vehicle accidents. It may seem as though driving carefully simply isn’t enough to protect you and your loved ones from an accident caused by another driver. However, there are a few things that you can do to reduce your risk of being seriously hurt in an accident. Here are three important ways to stay safe while you’re on the road. 

1. Always wear your seatbelt and ensure that all of your passengers wear a seatbelt 

Failing to wear a Seatbelt is a major cause of motor vehicle fatalities. According to findings from the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 41% of all people who died in a motor vehicle accident in Tennessee were not wearing a seatbelt. Whenever you get into your car, the first thing that you need to do is put on your seatbelt and ask your passengers to. 

2. Do not use your phone while driving 

According to the law governing cell phone use while driving, you may swipe your phone to answer a call, but your ability to use your cellphone while driving ends there. You may use a hands free earpiece or speakerphone to talk, but absolutely cannot hold your phone. Refraining from using your phone and maintaining situational awareness enables you to react quickly if other drivers fail to stop when they should. 

3. Do not ignore airbag alerts

If your car intermittently notifies you that your airbag is off, you should bring it in for service. A functioning airbag can significantly reduce the risk of a serious injury during a collision.