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How can I drive more safely?

When it comes to driving in Southern California, residents face congested roads and freeways on a regular basis. This can make it hard to maneuver and can even create frustration when congestion turns into a full-blown traffic jam. However, drivers should not let these realities distract them from being consciously focused on safe operation of their vehicles.

Edmunds indicates that one thing people should remember is to not become too complacent when it comes to relying on mirrors or even alerts and other safety features built into vehicles. None of these things are replacements for the driver's eyes. Instead of expecting that you will see every object in one of your mirrors, make it a habit to check over your shoulders now and then.

Being prepared for the unexpected is a must when driving, regardless of the traffic volume or other conditions. The best way to make sure you are best able to adapt quickly in an emergency is to keep both of your hands on the wheel at all times, unless shifting gears if you have a manual transmission. Your hands should be in the center of the wheel on the left and right sides, like the 9:00 and 3:00 positions on a clock. It is also recommended that you avoid the far left lane on the freeway as this is where most collisions on the freeway occur.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in California some reminders about things they can do while driving to improve their safety and reduce their risk of being involved in an accident.

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