The Importance of Defensive Driving

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Unfortunately, the cost of reckless driving often goes far beyond the body shop. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 30,000 traffic fatalities every year. Perhaps the most heartbreaking thing about this statistic is that so many of these deaths can be avoided. One of the best ways to bring the number of deaths down to zero is to practice a little defensive driving. Here’s a brief look at why defensive driving is so important:  

  • Staying safe

Avoiding injury or death is by far the most important reason to drive defensively. Though you may feel confident in your ability to drive dangerously, one little slip up is the only thing separating you from a hospital bed. If you still insist on driving recklessly, you should keep in mind that your behavior can directly impact the lives of others. In order to avoid excruciating injury or crushing guilt, you should be constantly aware of your surroundings whenever you drive.    

  • Avoiding legal trouble

Though the police can’t patrol every street at all times, they’re bound to catch you eventually if you make reckless driving a habit. If you should get into an accident, the other driver might even sue you for negligence. In order to avoid a hefty fine or jail time, you should always drive the speed limit and stay several car lengths behind the car in front of you.

  • Saving money

There are many car owners out there who simply adore their cars. If you’re one of them, keeping your cherished vehicle intact should be reason enough to drive carefully. If you get into an accident due to reckless driving, you could be faced with either a hefty bill from the auto body shop or the cruel reality of needing a new car.

If you’re looking for an excellent collision repair shop in the San Jose area, look no further than Michael J’s Body Shop. Unlike other auto body shops, we won’t charge you an inflated price for your collision repair. For more information, call us today at (408) 279-2070.   

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