Whether you’re going to a Ravens game or just takin’ a cruise through Silver Spring, it’s always best to be on guard against bad drivers. How can you be safer when you’re driving? No amount of defensive driving will bring your liability down to zero, but you can take precautions when you’re driving that will reduce your risk.

Firstly, invest in a bluetooth headset and NEVER text when you’re driving. Remember, a law went into effect in October that imposes a fine for texting while driving. Be on the lookout for any drivers that are doing this while driving. It’s a simple rule, but it’s one that could save hundreds of drivers from being killed on the freeway.

Second, watch for swerving cars and even if you feel a little buzzed, have a designated driver or call a taxi. Maryland has “Driving While Intoxicated” laws at .07%, 1 point lower than most states have it, with a lesser penalty (2 months jail + $500 fine, vs. 1 year + $2,000 fine at .08%). Even if you just don’t feel right, it’s best to have someone else drive you home. The last thing the road in Maryland needs is one more drunk driver.

Third, with the price of gas, and to be safe, you want to watch your speed. Always watch for the drivers with the lead foot, ones going more than 25 mph over the posted limit, because they’re reckless driving. Keeping it at 60 mph or less will give you better mileage and keep you safer, being aware of the road at all times is the most important thing.

Even when you’re following the speed limit laws — don’t tailgate the car in front of you — Everyone knows the 2-second rule, but they should be amended in the event of bad weather — 4 seconds during rainy periods, and 10 seconds if there is ice on the road. Remember 2-4-10 and follow it. Also remember that the speed limit depends on conditions. If it’s raining, slow 10 mph, if it’s snowing, cut the speed in half.

Lastly, make sure your car is fit to run. Proper air pressure will prevent blowouts, buckling up for safety is always good because you never know what the other driver will do, and NEVER drive if you’re not well rested. If you feel even a little bit tired, go to a rest stop or get rest as soon as possible! A drowsy person on the road is as dangerous as a drunk driver.

With these little tips, driving in Maryland can be both fun and enjoyable and you’ll be able to do it for years to come. Don’t forget: The best way to avoid an accident is to be careful when you drive.

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