Are you interested in becoming a safer driver this year? Maybe you haven’t even gotten involved in an accident yourself. However, you have read plenty about car accident statistics in the United States and you know what a toll they take. You don’t want to join those statistics, so you’re dedicated to being as safe as possible. 

If so, there is one main thing that you can do: Commit to always paying attention while behind the wheel. 

It sounds too simple, but it’s harder than you’d think. For instance, did you know that getting lost in thought is one of the most common driving distractions? Avoiding distraction doesn’t mean just putting your phone away or setting your GPS route before you leave the house — though both of those things can help and are wise. It means paying full attention to the road around you at all times. You need to be mentally engaged when you drive. 

Perhaps the biggest reason for getting lost in thought is simply that driving becomes routine and boring. No new driver is bored on their first day behind the wheel. By the time you’re 40 years old and you’ve been commuting to the same job for a decade, though, the boredom starts to set in. It’s easy to forget how dangerous driving really is, and that’s when people get into accidents. 

Now, one key thing to remember is that you’re only responsible for yourself. You can stay alert and engaged. If one other driver doesn’t, they can hit you. When that happens, be sure you know how to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.