Whenever we hear the phrase "driving safely," it's easy to scoff and toss it aside as common sense. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, as history has proven time and time again that motorists don't always choose to go with common sense and end up getting in an accident for one reason or another. The Center for Disease Control reports that the leading cause of death among people from age one through 44 are from injuries due to auto accidents, beating out cancer and HIV.

The safety of our neighbors around Conway SC and Pawleys Island are critical to us, so we felt the need to give our best tips that have ensured we get home safely every night.

1.) Keep Your Attention on Driving at All Times

Remember that part about scoffing and tossing aside as common sense? Tip number one fits that description perfectly. Yes, we know we're supposed to focus on driving, but we don't always follow through. These days there are more ways to distract yourself than ever, namely from our smart devices that keep us connected to so many different people and social media accounts, enabling behaviors of immediate gratification. Just because you hear that someone has texted, chatted, or tweeted at you, doesn't mean you need to check it right away.

2.) Drive Defensively

This is another phrase you've probably heard over and over again, but it too bears repeating. You are not the only driver actively making decisions on the road, so it's far more important for you to be able to read the behaviors of other drivers before taking action, then it is to force your hand and expect others to get out of the way for you.

3.) Always Wear Your Seatbelt

Even if you follow tips one and two, you can't discount the fact that the open roads around Shallotte NC are very unpredictable. Accidents can happen at any time, even if you do everything within your power to avoid it. When that happens, you need all the protection you can get, and there's no better way to do that than with your safety belt buckled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 15,000 lives are saved by buckled seat belts every year.

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