University and college students in Texas may be excited to get around and explore campus life, but amidst the excitement, it is important to do everything possible to drive safely. The distractions of college life, lack of knowledge about the local area, and minimal driving experience can make it harder for students to navigate the roads safely; in fact, according to a recent survey, only 37 percent of people consider college-aged drivers are moderately safe on the roads. Here are some tips for college students looking to avoid an accident while on the roads:
- Get to know the area: Before getting behind the wheel, consider exploring the campus and nearby areas on foot to learn about traffic signals, crosswalks, and roads with heavy traffic. Students coming from outside the area should also learn local parking and driving laws, as they may differ from their community of origin.
- Mind the pedestrians: Aggressive and/or speedy driving has been known to cause accidents on college campuses. This is especially dangerous in these areas, as there are many pedestrians around. Drive slowly, especially in parking lots and around buildings frequented by walking students.
- Check weather conditions: Prior to driving, check for weather conditions such as heavy rainfalls or hurricanes. If it is necessary to drive in inclement weather, make sure the vehicle being used is equipped with functioning headlights and tires. Sunglasses and a tool kit are also good to have on hand.
In addition to the above, it is vital that students avoid distracted driving, including texting or checking one’s phone while on the road. Car maintenance is also important; although it may not always be ideal to change the oil or pay for fixes on a college budget, it is necessary for safe transport. Students who have been in an accident may find themselves facing difficulties, including health challenges that make school difficult or unforeseen expenses. To seek restitution in these cases, it is a good idea to speak with a Texas personal injury lawyer about options.