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3 Tips to Stay Safe While Driving in the Time of Coronavirus

The Kansas City area is on lockdown right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of Kansas Citians are out of work and forced to stay home. People still need to drive, however, to pick up essential items and get on with life. With people facing uncertainty and added stress, our roads are fuller than ever with upset drivers. To help keep you safe on Kansas City’s roads right now, here are a few defensive driving tips from a Kansas City car crash lawyer.

1. Keep plenty of distance between you and other cars.

Follow the three-second rule for cars that are in front of you. To do this, according to the Missouri Driver Guide, “Choose an object near the road ahead, like a sign or telephone pole. As the vehicle ahead of you passes it, count slowly, ‘one-thousand one, one-thousand two, one-thousand three.’ If you reach the object before you finish counting, you are too close to the vehicle ahead.”

2. Be on the lookout for distracted drivers and avoid them as much as you can, even stopping to let them pass if need be.

Distracted driving is the number one cause of car crashes in the United States. During times of heightened nerves like the current pandemic, drivers can be even more distracted while driving. If you notice someone trying to pass you who’s looking at their phone, or someone at a cross-street at an intersection not paying attention, I suggest letting them go ahead of you. This way, you can at least hope their inattention won’t lead to them hitting you from behind.

3. Avoid driving at night.

It’s possible that many will turn to alcohol and other substances that can hinder driving ability in these hard times. They may even decide to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated. You can avoid many of those dangers by limiting your driving to the daytime when, hopefully, you’ll have less a chance of encountering an inebriated driver.

Unfortunately we’ve seen all kinds of car crashes in Kansas City. If you’ve been in a crash during the lockdown, please give us a call and we can investigate the cause and help you seek justice. Stay safe out there and take care of each other!