Last week, we discussed how Highway 90 is the most dangerous road in Louisiana and one of the most dangerous in the country. Residents of Luling, Boutte, Des Allemands, and Paradis know this first hand. I wanted to follow up that post with a few safe-driving tips that may help you stay out of danger on Highway 90 through St. Charles Parish or on any other roadway.
1. Focus on driving
- 100% of your attention is on driving at all times – no texting, calling, playing with the radio, etc.
- No Facebook, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram or Twitter while driving – and please, no car selfies!
2. Drive “defensively”
- Don’t Speed - speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
- Keep a lookout - stay aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected.
- Assume craziness - and always be prepared to avoid it.
- Don’t tailgate – 2 seconds behind the car in front of you (4 seconds in rain)
- Don’t Take Chances
3. Plan ahead
- Build time into your trip schedule to stop for food, rest breaks, phone calls or other business.
- Adjust your seat, mirrors and climate controls before putting the car in gear.
- Pull over to eat or drink. It takes only a few minutes.
4. Practice safety
- Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor.
- Have items needed within easy reach.
- Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free.
- Keep kids in car seats or booster seats according to manufacturer recommendations.
While nothing can really guarantee your safety while traveling on the highway, abiding by these tips can help reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.
Our team here hates hearing about collisions and injuries but if you have been hurt on Highway 90 or any other roadway here in St. Charles Parish, don’t hesitate to contact us for help with your personal injury claim from our Luling office.