A small car can be intimidating for many people to drive, especially if they are used to driving larger vehicles like full-size sedans, pickups, and SUVs.
A small car generally is much lighter than other vehicles, has a lower center of gravity, and seats the driver and passengers much lower to the ground than a sedan. The small, low, and light nature of a small car almost ensures it will take the brunt of the damage when involved in a collision with a larger vehicle.
You can proactively improve driving safety while behind the wheel of a small car, and the safety of small cars is being continuously improved upon by technology.
Engineering and Technology Improve Small Car Safety
Technology and design improvements help to make small cars much safer than they might initially seem to you and other drivers. A combination of advanced active and passive safety systems helps to make small cars safe to drive.
Passive safety systems include seat belts, airbags, and child safety seats. You always should wear your seat belt and make sure your passengers do too.
State law requires you to use a child safety seat whenever a small child is a passenger. You should make sure to read the installation directions and properly strap in a young child in the back seat area to provide that child with maximum safety and protection. Different states have different weight and height requirements for booster and safety seats.
Use the variety of active safety systems that help to make small cars safe for driving. Adaptive cruise control with automated braking, lane-keeping assistance, and blind-spot monitoring are examples of active safety systems that will help you to drive safely in a small car.
Give Other Vehicles Lots of Room and Do Not Speed
You should make sure that you are following other vehicles by at least three car lengths to give yourself room to react if a dangerous situation suddenly develops. You can judge your following distance by how many seconds it takes to pass a lane marker, sign, or another object after the vehicle in front of you does. The rule of thumb is every second equals a car length at highway speed, so a gap of three seconds should equal about three car lengths.
Drive at the speed limit and adjust your travel speed for road conditions. Speed is a significant factor in injury accidents and fatalities, so driving at or below the speed limit can help to reduce the potential for injury accidents or fatalities.
Minimize Potential Driving Distractions and Stay Sober
Do not use your phone while driving or opt for the use of hands-free technology. Minimize any driving distractions. Something as simple as leaning over to adjust the stereo could divert your attention long enough to cause an accident.
Driving sober also will help to keep your small vehicle travels safe. You might not even drink alcohol or use drugs, but any prescription medication that you might take, or some combinations of certain foods, drinks, or prescription medications can impair your judgement or make you drowsy behind the wheel.
Freehold Car Accident Lawyers at Ellis Law Help Accident Survivors Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable
If your best efforts to drive safely are not enough to prevent an accident, the experienced Freehold car accident lawyers at Ellis Law can help you to hold an at-fault driver accountable. You can call 732-308-0200 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation at our Freehold, New Jersey law office. We represent clients in Freehold, Asbury Park, East Brunswick, Toms River, Middletown, Jersey City, Long Branch, Neptune, Hudson County, Union County, Essex County, Monmouth County, Marlboro, and Ocean County, as well as Brooklyn and New York City.