Each year during the summer, Americans take to the roads in greater numbers than at any other time of year, resulting in an accident rate that is likewise higher than at any other time of year. While there may be nothing you can do to stop the negligence or distracted driving of others, there are certain steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a crash-even one that is ultimately another driver’s fault.

Speed kills: We all know we shouldn’t do it, but on a highway full of speeding cars, it can be difficult to resist the temptation. However, speeding shortens the amount of time a driver has to react to roadway hazards or slowing traffic, and can result in a loss of driver control in a sudden summertime downpour. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28% of all motor vehicle fatalities in 2014 were related to speeding.

Always check your blind spots before merging lanes: Good drivers keep track of the cars surrounding them on the road, but even if you’re being attentive, small cars and motorcycles can sneak up behind you into your blind spots.

Maintain a steady speed: Rear-end accidents can often result from the rear driver failing to have accurately predicted the front driver’s speed. Help other drivers predict your location by maintaining a steady speed, or by using cruise control.

Banish distractions: texting, emailing, changing music, or even eating while driving can all pose serious distractions from the task of driving. Conditions on the road can change in an instant, and even a few moments spent looking away can cause you to miss critical information that will prevent an accident.

Keep up with car maintenance: Driving with worn brake pads or bald, flat tires can make you a hazard to the drivers around you. Be sure to check the air pressure in your tires before a long drive, and bring your car in for regular inspections to ensure that its safety systems are in good working order.

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car or truck accident in Kentucky, ensure that you receive the compensation you’re owed for your injuries by contacting the compassionate and experienced Louisville personal injury lawyers at Slechter Law Firm for a consultation on your claims at 502-694-5407, or toll free at 855-598-7425.