It happens everyday. For some reason, vehicles manage to crash into each other. And, it’s not usually the car’s fault. Not only are car accidents expensive, but they can cause serious injuries or even death. Here are some tips to prevent car accidents.
#1 Pay attention.
It’s the most important part of driving. Focus on your car, the road, and what’s around you. Things like eating, cell phones, other passengers, playing with the radio, and children can easily distract a driver, causing an accident. You also want to make sure you are aware of what the other cars are doing around you, especially if the weather could be affecting driving conditions.
#2 Don’t speed.
Speeding and reckless driving are high on the list of what causes accidents. Speed limits are in place for a reason. Speeding not only endangers your own safety, but also the safety of everything around you.
#3 Wear your glasses.
If you are supposed to wear them, then do. Even a little blurry vision can cause you to make a mistake, or an error in judgement, resulting in a car crash.
#4 Don’t tailgate.
The general rule is to stay one car length behind the car in front of you for every 10 miles-per-hour on your speedometer. It’s the only way that you will be able to safely stop suddenly if they do.
#5 Don’t race lights.
It’s not worth the risk. And, the other cars at the light are waiting for it to turn green, and might not see you racing through.
#6 Keep your hands on the wheel.
There’s a reason why you were taught to keep your hands placed in the 10 and 2 o’clock position. That placement keeps both of your hands ready and where they need to be if they need to move quickly.
#7 Maintain your vehicle.
Regular maintenance is a must. Along with the oil changes, get it in for a thorough checkup every year. While most accidents are caused by human error, some are caused by mechanical failure.
#8 Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Don’t even be tempted to think that you are okay to drive. If you are under the influence, your reaction time is altered, making it more difficult for you to avoid an accident.
Your car is designed to safely get you wherever you are going. All you to do is take good care of your vehicle, and pay attention to what you are doing when you are driving. Otherwise, you are putting your safety, as well as the safety of other people, at risk every time that you get behind the wheel.