Tips to Avoid a Car Accident

Posted on April 30, 2014 · Posted in News

7 Tips to Avoid a Car Accident

Car accidents are among the leading cause of death in the United States, and each day, thousands of car accidents occur, many of which could have been avoided if drivers had taken the proper precautions to steer clear of other drivers on the road. The following tips will help you stay focused and alert when driving, as to avoid the possibility of a collision.

  1. Drive the speed limit, or at an appropriate speed for conditions. Even if other drivers around you are speeding on side streets or in towns, it is never okay to speed through areas in which you may be confronted with pedestrians or other sudden distractions. When driving on a highway, however, be sure to drive in the right lane as to allow speeding cars to pass you. Keep up with the flow of traffic without surpassing the speed limit as much as possible.
  2. Avoid driving in poor weather. While this may seem obvious, sometimes it is not possible and circumstances force us to drive even in extreme weather. In these cases, drive slowly, keep your lights on, and avoid any distractions. Drive a safe and appropriate speed for conditions and pay close attention to other drivers on the road.
  3. Never drive, or allow others to drive when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Again, this seems like a given. However, many drivers who drive under the influence are under a false mentality that they are capable of driving, and that their driving ability has not been impaired by alcohol or drugs at all. This is a false assumption, and there is a reason for the legal limit. Avoid potential accidents by making sure that you, or whoever else may be driving you is sober at all times.
  4. Wear your seatbelt. Although uncomfortable at times, this invention really is a lifesaver, and many deaths and serious injuries due to car accidents could have been avoided by wearing a seatbelt. Just do it!
  5. Turn your turn signals on and off appropriately. Utilize your turn signals when you need to make a turn so that other cars are aware of what you plan to do. Make sure that your turn signal is off after you have made the turn so as not to confuse other drivers of your intentions.
  6. Don’t tailgate. Even if you think the driver in front of you is driving too slow, tailgating is a dangerous habit and causes serious accidents and injuries. If need be, pass the driver, or slow down yourself. Give yourself 2-3 cars distance in between the cars that you are driving behind.
  7. Do not text, talk on the phone, listen to loud music, listen to headphones, eat, etc. Distractions such as these make you much more prone to tuning out the road and paying attention to what is going on in the car, whether a conversation, music, food, phone, etc. Do yourself and everyone else on the road a favor- focus on the road for the duration of your trip to keep yourself and others safe.

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