With an average of 6 million car accidents occurring each year in the United States, it’s clear that many roads are far from safe. Car accidents leave many people affected by the detrimental physical and mental effects that a vehicular accident brings, along with the legal aftermath that is often involved. While legal support is key, there are ways that road safety could be improved across the nation to prevent accidents occurring in the first place.

Everyone’s responsibility

While the future of road safety can largely be placed on the shoulders of the government, state officials and law enforcement, it’s important to recognize that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. From responsible driving in terms of abiding by the law and putting away cell phones, there are many things that drivers can do to ensure the safety of themselves and other road users. For instance, taking the responsibility to get a designated driver or hand over the keys before drinking can make a major difference – though there are even more precautions that can help to increase safety on the road that often aren’t given much thought.

Educating about hidden dangers

Road safety can be improved in ways that most people are unaware of, and educating drivers about this can go a long way to improving road safety. For example, making sure that cars are clean and free of substances like mold can improve the safety of not only the drivers, but passengers and others out on the road. Mold, a fungus that can produce allergens, irritants and sometimes even toxic substances, can have substantial effects on human health, and especially for those who are allergic to it.

Symptoms of mold exposure can include sneezing, watery eyes, coughing and even symptoms as severe as restricted breathing for those who also experience asthma – which can have a severe impact on road safety if a driver is traveling in such conditions. Because mold thrives in damp environments, water damage from a rainstorm can cause mold to grow in a car, and trash (such as forgotten food and drink bottles) can also allow for mold growth. For those who do find mold in their car, removing it should be a priority. Calling in a professional to perform a mold inspection and safely remove the mold is always sensible – especially since mold can thrive in porous materials like seat cushions and other fabrics, going undetected for a long time.

Enforcing the law

Enforcing the law is one of the best ways to keep the roads safer, though 2020 needs to see more effort in order to make it effective. Enforcing the law can be done in several ways, such as by placing more law enforcement in high traffic areas, putting up signs, and making the public aware can all help. Campaigns such as “Click it or Ticket” work to do just that by cautioning drivers and passengers of the consequences that come with not wearing a seatbelt, and aims at increasing seatbelt use and safety through targeted advertisements that serve as reminders.

Traffic accidents happen every day and affect everyone involved. Making changes such as increasing law enforcement and providing education on the more hidden elements of safe driving can make the roads a safer place for drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike.