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How to Avoid Car Accidents on the Road

A driver, passenger, or pedestrian might lose a lot of money in even a minor collision. The last two years have seen the highest rate of fatal crashes in the prior fifty years. It’s a reality that most car accidents are avoidable with just a little bit of care.

Poor road conditions, in addition to adverse weather or other environmental factors, can contribute to vehicle collisions. Around two million people per year lose their lives in car accidents worldwide.

How to Prevent Car Accidents

Some of the most helpful advice for avoiding car accidents is elaborated below.

Distracted Driving

Accidents on the road are most commonly brought on by factors other than intoxicated driving, excessive speeding, or running red lights. Those motorists are driving while preoccupied. Everything that pulls your mind off the road qualifies as distracted driving. 

Distractions abound in our daily civilization, proliferation of electronic media and the ease with which we may access it through our mobile devices. Eating, helping in their seats, and cleaning up dropped items are common causes of distraction.

Road Rage

Whether it was because someone drove out onto them, didn’t use their indicator lever, or drove slowly in the fast lane, every driver has experienced the frustration of being upset at another motorist. There are idiot drivers on the road who let their anger control them.

There are a lot of preventable automobile accidents every year that could have been avoided if drivers would only stop tailgating each other or stop speeding just enough to get in front of someone and then brake. The most significant part of doing if you meet a road rager is to avoid eye contact and move out of the way.

Watch for Traffic Light Dodgers 

Check to the left and right as you approach a green signal. It’s not uncommon for accidents to occur at intersections because drivers falsely assume “I could make this light” and continue through an amber or, worse, a red light—those “amber-gamblers” risk not only their own lives but yours as well.

Take three seconds to assess your surroundings before proceeding through an intersection with a green signal to be safe.

Do Not Speed

In addition to increasing the likelihood of being involved in a severe or fatal crash, speeding limits your available reaction time.

Always choose the side of safety by driving the posted speed limit, and remember to account for inclement weather, low temperatures, and heavy traffic on every trip.

Remain Vigilant When Driving

Don’t take your eyes off the road at any time. Keep your mind on the road, and don’t let anything pull it away. Getting in a car and trying to multitask is a surefire way to make yourself late. It would help if you never talked on a cell phone while driving, hands-free or not. Put the phone away and make sure it’s turned off before getting behind the wheel.

Never Exceed the Speed Limit

A speed limit exists for one reason only: to reduce the likelihood of collisions. There is a correlation between going over the speed limit and the occurrence of an accident. Besides increasing gas consumption, reckless driving can endanger the lives of those around you. At high speeds, you’ll have less time to respond to obstacles to prevent rollovers and crashes.

Select a Safe Car

The importance of choosing a car with high-quality safety features extends beyond just being a careful driver. An estimated 80% of the fatality rate from vehicle rollovers can be avoided using electronic stability control. It would help if you also kept an eye out for additional safety features like rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and much more.

Choosing a dependable and safe vehicle will reduce your risk of a catastrophic car crash by half. You must follow the helmet law and wear a helmet if you choose a motorcycle.

Do Not Drink and Drive

Accident statistics show that drunk driving is a significant contributor. This occurs when a person who has consumed enough alcohol or drugs to impair their judgment is behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

A major contributor to traffic fatalities is intoxicated drivers. However, intoxicated driving is something that can be avoided. Avoiding car accidents caused by drunk drivers is as simple as not drinking or using drugs.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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