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New behaviors can lead to safer driving practices

Most people spend a great deal of time in their car each year. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that the average American motorist drives over 13,000 miles per year. New York drivers can make their driving time more pleasant and possibly reduce their chances of being involved in an accident by taking on a few new behaviors.

All this driving can be both exhausting and frustrating, and this can lead to road rage. Deaths from road rage are on the rise. In 2008, there were 208 deaths attributed to road rage around the country while in 2012 there were 392. Drivers can take steps to resist road rage by changing their thought patterns and looking into online or offline classes on stress and anger management. The AAA Foundation offers an online quiz for drivers to test their road rage quotient as well as tips for reducing rage.

Other ways of reducing the stress of driving include cultivating a sense of gratitude toward what having a vehicle means in terms of freedom and convenience and using the time to listen to books on tape or learn a language. Carpooling may also reduce driving stress and thus lower the chance of accidents.

Unfortunately, not all drivers may be motivated to reduce their stress levels. This may lead to a car accident as may driving while distracted or drunk. As a result, a person who is a passenger in that driver's vehicle or in another vehicle may be seriously injured. If this happens, the person who is injured might want to talk to a lawyer about obtaining compensation for injuries. Insurance companies may not have the best interests of the injured person in mind. It might be necessary to file a lawsuit against the driver who is responsible in order to get medical expenses sufficiently covered.

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