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You have just finished a long day at work. You are looking forward to spending time with your family, but you need to pick up the kids from school before you can do that. It is rush hour, and traffic is moving slow. You are getting frustrated because there is no escape route for the congestion ahead of you until an exit appears on your right side. As soon as you turn onto it, all hell breaks loose! Someone speeds across four lanes of traffic without stopping and crashes into the car in front of them, sending both cars spinning off the road into a ditch where they come to rest nose-to-nose with each other in a nasty fender bender. “What could have prevented this?” Many people ask themselves after something like this happens.
The following are ten ways to prevent a car accident from happening:
1. Buckle up your seatbelt every time you get into your vehicle
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “seat belts saved an estimated 13,000 lives in 2016. If everyone had worn their seat belt on every trip, an additional 802 lives could have been saved.” You are much more likely to survive in a crash if you wear your seatbelt. It is also the law in many states.
Ejection is the number one cause of death during car accidents. If you wear your seat belt, this will not be an issue for you because it holds you safely inside the automobile, where the airbags can protect every part of your body if deployed correctly. Wearing your seatbelt also protects you from being ejected in a crash. If everyone would do their part to wear their seat belt on every trip they take, thousands more lives could be saved each year!
2. Adjust your mirrors so that they are in a position where you can see everything around you clearly
If your mirrors are not adjusted correctly, you will not see what is happening around you. It can lead to dangerous situations where you may not know that someone is trying to get into your blind spot or that someone is coming up on your side quickly.
It is essential to adjust your mirrors so that you can see as much of the area around your car as possible. This way, you can make safe decisions while driving and avoid potential accidents.
3. Turn on headlights when driving at dusk or dawn, so others know that you’re there
Driving with your headlights on during low-light conditions makes it easier for others to see you, which helps them adjust their driving. In other words, if they know that you have seen them and vice versa, then this will help prevent a car accident from happening because both drivers can make safe decisions about how fast or slow they should drive based upon the amount of visibility around them.
If everyone would remember to turn on their lights when it starts getting dark or before dawn breaks, those traveling behind them can see where they are going better, and many potential accidents could be prevented each year!
4. Leave ample space between you and the car in front of you. Never tailgate another driver; this is dangerous because it decreases visibility and puts everyone at risk for an accident
It is essential to leave enough room between your vehicle and others on the road so that if they stop quickly, you will be able to avoid them. If there isn’t much distance between your car and another’s, it becomes difficult for the driver behind you to stop when needed because they would have less reaction time. They may not even see what has stopped ahead of them until it is too late! Leaving at least two seconds worth of stopping time can give drivers who are following behind a chance to react appropriately should someone ahead come to an unexpected halt.
5. Always stop at stop signs before turning right onto a road with traffic coming from the other direction (this includes a four-way stop)
When turning onto a road with traffic coming from the other direction, you must always come to a complete stop at the stop sign. Failure to do so can result in an accident.
At four-way stops, all drivers must come to a complete stop and wait their turn before proceeding. If someone doesn’t obey this rule, it can cause chaos and confusion—resulting in an accident.
6. Avoid distractions while driving
Distractions can come in many different forms, but all of them are dangerous when you’re behind the wheel. Some common types of distractions while driving include: talking on the phone, texting, eating or drinking, and messing with the radio.
When you are focused on something other than the road ahead of you, your ability to drive safely is compromised. You may not see what is happening around you, leading to an accident. Like anything else in life, it is vital to be fully present when doing something as dangerous as driving a car. That means no phone calls, no text messages, no food – nothing that will take your attention away from the task at hand.
7. Watch your speed
Just as it is essential to leave enough distance between yourself and the car in front of you, it is also critical that you maintain a safe following distance. If everyone drove at or near the same speeds, then traffic would move much more smoothly because cars wouldn’t constantly be slowing down and speeding up based on what they see ahead of them.
It’s easy to become frustrated by slow drivers who won’t go faster than their current speed limit but remember: slower has many benefits, including reduced accident risk.
8. Change your behavior in bad weather
When bad weather hits, it is crucial to be more cautious on the road. When it starts to rain or snow, you should slow down and increase the distance between yourself and other drivers. This act will allow for better visibility and help you avoid accidents. It implies obeying all speed limits and staying away from cars driving erratically or too slowly in front of you!
If everyone slows down when there’s ice on the roads, then we’ll have a much safer time getting around during this season than if they don’t slow down at all, which increases people’s risk of having an accident.
The best thing anyone can do when traveling by car is to pay attention—all of the time! There may not always be other drivers who put their safety first and want to prevent an accident as badly as you do. So, it falls upon your shoulders to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to keep yourself and others safe.
9. Use your turn signals
This one is pretty straightforward: use your turn signals when you’re about to make a turn. Not only does this let the drivers around you know what your intentions are, but it also lets them know how much space they need to leave for you to make the turn.
If someone doesn’t use their signals correctly or at all, it can lead to dangerous driving situations and possible accidents. Always be sure to use your signals when turning so that everyone knows what’s happening—and give yourself plenty of time to make the turn safely.
10. Inspect your car before driving
This one is critical during the winter season. Before hitting the road, take a few minutes to inspect your vehicle and ensure that everything is in working order. Check your brakes, tires, windshield wipers, and headlights. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, then take it to a mechanic for inspection.
It’s much better to be safe than sorry for car maintenance. By taking a quick look at your car before driving, you can avoid accidents and keep yourself and others safe on the road.
As you can see, there are several ways to prevent an accident while driving. Being fully present, obeying speed limits, slowing down in bad weather, and using your turn signals are just a few of the ways to reduce your risk. Our roads will be much safer if everyone follows these tips!
Remember safety first! These are just some of the ways that you can help prevent an accident while driving. Follow these tips and stay alert while behind the wheel so that you can have a safe and happy holiday season.