What can I do to avoid a car accident?

How would your driving ability rank when compared to other motorists? Chances are you take the proper precautions to maintain a safe speed, follow traffic laws, and remain kind and courteous to others. Doing so is a must to prevent accidents, which can cause injury, property damage, and even legal issues. The Balance explains the proper steps to take to avoid accidents and ensure a safe experience for all involved. 

Defensive driving is a group of safe-driving behaviors that all motorists are encouraged to uphold. This entails remaining alert and aware of your surroundings, leaving enough room between you and other vehicles, and driving the proper speed for the current conditions. During inclement weather drivers are encouraged to decrease their speed to prevent skidding. This is especially important during rainstorms when the road will be slick.

Removing distractions from your vehicle is also vital. Keep in mind distracted driving goes beyond driving while texting, even though that behavior is extremely hazardous. Any activity that pulls your attention away from the road counts as a driver distraction. Changing radio stations is a distraction, as is eating behind the wheel. If you're traveling with passengers, carrying on a conversation with your passengers can also be distracting.

The type of car you drive and its condition also plays a role in accident avoidance. Cars should have all the important safety features, such as anti-lock brakes. Cars should also be properly maintained, which includes ensuring tires are properly filled, brakes work, signals are functional, and other considerations. Being lax about maintenance can lead to a break-down, which in turn increases the risk that you'll be involved in a collision. Remember, all drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and secure manner.

 

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