Practical tips on how to avoid car accidents

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Authored by Sarah Parker
Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 22:14

Your life is very precious. And as a driver, it’s your duty to protect your own life and that of others. So, be sure to exercise caution when spinning your car. Don’t let reckless driving get you into a road accident. 

Wear Your Seatbelt

According to the National Safety Council, improper seat belt use continues to be a leading cause of road accidents across various states. Many people have died unnecessarily because of not buckling up. It’s therefore important to always wear your seatbelt correctly while on the road.

Drive Slowly

Always be watchful of blind spots. And these include rearview mirrors, highway road signs, as well as, behind windshield pillars. When making a right-hand turn at an intersection, be sure to look both directions before proceeding. Remember, vehicles quickly appear out of nowhere. So, be sure to exercise caution whenever you’re pulling into a busy intersection.

Watch Out For Red Light Runners

Always be careful when entering an intersection on green lights. Look both directions and make sure that no vehicles are trying to speed through yellow lights. And when passing through semis, always exercise caution.

Minimize Distractions

Avoid changing radio stations, eating, or using cell phones when driving. A gust of wind or pothole could easily send your vehicle into another lane causing a serious accident.

Kids and animals can suddenly pop out from between parked vehicles into roadways. Thus, if you’re driving in a residential neighborhood, watch carefully and drive slowly.

Carry Out Regular Maintenance

Change the oil. Inflate the tires. Doing this will go a long way in preventing sudden stalls and other vehicle-related failures. And that’s exactly what you want, right? If you want to be safe on the road, be vigilant.

Scan Ahead

Always focus on the area where you’ll be driving in twelve seconds. When driving along the highway, keep a distance from other cars. This will help you avoid hitting someone who could suddenly stop or swerve.

It’s also important to note that fender benders are generally more common in parking lots. So, be watchful of vehicles leaving parking spaces. Don’t just depend on the side mirrors- physically look outside while steering to avoid being misled by the blind spots mirrors can create.

Avoid Tailgating

Leave a three-second gap between yourself and the vehicle in front. And avoid speeding. As much as you may be tempted to hurry, always remember that tailgating is the number one cause of different types of traffic collisions.

Respect Other Motorists

Nobody owns the roads. Therefore, treat others with respect, and whenever you notice any form of suspicious driving activity; be sure to report it to the relevant authorities.

Final Thoughts

Nobody wants to get hurt. And nobody wants to lose their precious life to road accidents. But the truth is that road crashes do happen every single day. Unfortunately, negligence is the major cause of these accidents. The above tips will help you stay safe while on the road. 


 

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