Traffic Concerns in West Texas
Recently, West Texas has seen a tremendous increase in the number of reported traffic-related accidents and fatalities. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the Permian Basin recorded 4,411 serious injuries and 365 traffic fatalities in 2013 alone. That is a 15 percent increase from 2012 in just the Permian Basin region. Most of these collisions are a result of the population increase in our once sparsely occupied region. More people in our towns mean more drivers on our roads.
Here are a few tips to prevent avoidable accidents, keep our roads safer, and keep our insurance premiums manageable.
- SLOW DOWN! Maybe you’re running late to a meeting, a dance rehearsal, or a kid’s ball game – whatever the reason – you’re running late and your foot is heavy on the gas. However, imagine the time you’ll tack on waiting for an officer to file an accident report or just a ticket. Increasing your speed may allow you to arrive at your destination a few minutes earlier, but at what cost?
- Keep your head on a swivel. This was an old analogy my football coach used daily. As I get older, I have realized it applies to several aspects in my life – not just football. Pay attention, know your surroundings, and be attentive to other drivers. Keeping an eye on other drivers and assuming they are going to make a mistake is your best defense, and it may just save your life.
- Do not text and drive! Texting while driving is something we’ve all probably been guilty of. When we see our little screen light up, it’s tempting to switch our focus from the road to our phone. But, NO TEXT is so important that it’s worth risking your life or the lives of those around you. Keep your hands off your phone and on the wheel. Silence it and toss it in your passengers’ seat – face down.
Take a few minutes and look these tips over.
Let’s all be a little safer on the roads. Slow down, be aware of your surroundings, and put your phone down. These tips may not only save your life, but another driver’s life, too.