As a driver, there are many things you can do to make the roads a safer place. This may mean changing your driving style, but it will go a long way in giving you the peace of mind you deserve.

Here are some of the many steps you can take to make the roads safer:

  • Put down your smartphone. From texting to talking, using your smartphone while driving is a big distraction. You need to keep your smartphone out of reach until you stop your vehicle.
  • Never drive while impaired. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will impair your ability to make sound decisions.
  • Wear your seat belt every time. There is never a good time to hit the road without buckling up. Get into the habit of doing this before you put your vehicle into drive.
  • Secure your children. If you don’t know how to install your child’s car seat, stop by a local police department for assistance. You don’t want to take a risk with the safety of your child.

Unfortunately, even if you do these things, you could still be part of a motor vehicle accident. Here’s why: Other drivers may not take the same level of care.

If you are part of a crash in the future, your safety (and that of your passengers) is more important than anything else. You’ll want to receive immediate medical attention. From there, you can focus on the cause of the accident, your role, who was responsible and the steps to take to protect your legal rights.