7 Ways to Avoid an Auto Accident
Drive Collision Centers outlines simple steps that can be taken to reduce your risks of an auto accident
These simple steps below can reduce your risks and prevent auto accidents. When driving, one should always remember to: obey the traffic laws, avoid any distractions, be sober of drugs and alcohol, and to always drive well-rested. If you follow these tips, the roads will be much safer for all.
Go Hands Free
Since the boom in technology, an estimated 1 out of every 4 auto accidents are related to texting. All it takes is texting one time for it to happen to you.
Here are some simple steps you can take to still communicate without distracting your eyes from the road:
- Use a hands-free Bluetooth speaker in your car
- Apps like ‘Google Now’ allow you to complete many tasks i.e. look up directions, send a text, and place a call all from voice commands
- Many mobile phones make an app for driving-mode which places a selected few large buttons on your homescreen
- Play it safe! Always pull over if you will be distracted by your phone.
Be Aware at Intersections
Always be cautious at a red light and look both ways when proceeding an intersection. An estimated 165,000 of intersection accidents are caused by red light runners. There are 700-800 fatalities caused each year; which equates to 2 people dying every day from red light runner accidents.
Look Twice when Pulling Out
Whether you are backing out of a driveway or pulling out of a parking lot or parking space, always scan your surroundings and assess the speed of oncoming traffic. If you are backing up, look behind you. Never rely on your rear view mirror, as someone may be in your blind spot; albeit a child on a bike, motorcyclist or a pedestrian.
Choose not to Tailgate
Following on someone’s tail is an accident waiting to happen. Although it might only be a fender bender if you are not traveling at a fast speed, it can easily be prevented by allowing yourself enough time to to react. A simple way to allow yourself enough time to react and brake properly is to allow one car-length between you and the vehicle in front of you for every 10mph you are traveling. So, if you are traveling 60mph, put 6 car-lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you. Putting this simple rule in place will allow you the time you need to react and stop safely.
Avoid Backseat Distractions
We have all had to deal with some sort of disruption in the backseat. Whether it is a pet, small child or teenagers arguing in the back, the best rule of thumb is take a minute to pull over and handle the situation off the road. Our initial reaction may be that we don’t have time to stop, that we will arrive late to our destination, however pulling over really is the best solution. Taking your eyes of the road to look behind you can cause many bad things to happen, including swerving into oncoming traffic. Not only can pulling over give you time to calm down and gain your composure, many believe it is a great parenting tool and beneficial to your children as well.
Stay Calm – Don’t Rage!
Road rage is never a good thing and always an accident waiting to happen. Although rare, fatalities have even come from an escalated argument on the side of the road. Avoiding road rage all together is the best option. Although it may be easier said than done, try to remember to not let your emotions rule you when driving and learn to not take things personal. Remember: the person you may be raging at doesn’t know you, isn’t out to get you and chances are they were either distracted or you were in their blind spot. If you feel that you cannot control your emotions, please seek help. There are classes available to help one overcome and deal with road rage in a healthy way.
Safe on Icy Road
When you hit a patch of ice, the initial instinct is to hit your brakes. Hitting your brakes is the worst thing you can do when driving on ice. The best thing you can do is, 1) allow enough room between you and the car in front 2) pump your brakes, never hit them hard and 3) always make sure you have enough tread on your tires.
We hope you have enjoyed these tips from Drive Collision and you feel refreshed on how to stay safe when driving.
And always remember to stay safe and wear your seat belt!