Car Accidents occur every day in the United States. We’ve gathered a list of the top 7 causes of collisions as well as some helpful tips on how to avoid or prevent accidents in connection with those causes.
- Drunk Driving: This is the most dangerous and at the same time most avoidable cause of major car accidents. Alcohol impairs judgement and slows reaction time, which are two of the most important things to have when behind the wheel. When you don’t drink and drive you aren’t just saving your own life, but instead saving the lives of others as well. To avoid causing an accident in this case: don’t drink and drive.
- Distracted Driving: Distractions are out there now more than ever because of how technology has developed. A major cause of auto accidents now is people either talking, texting, or using their phone in any way while driving. A way to avoid this is to put your phone out of reach while driving, and if you really must use it make sure you are pulled over and out of the way of other motorists.
- Not Using Your Turn Signal: Possibly one of the most irritating things that you can experience behind the wheel is someone merging in front of you without using their turn signal. That small moment of carelessness could end up being devastating for your vehicle, you, and potentially anyone else. Turn signals are there for two major reasons: your safety and for the safety of those around you on the road.
- Road Rage: Everyone gets angry behind the wheel from time to time, but it is in your best interest to never act on it. It’s not worth it, at all. Keep a calm head if you’re around an aggressive driver. Don’t let their ignorance affect you. Nothing is worth potentially harming you and or your vehicle.
- Other Drivers: As an addition to the last tip, letting your guard down while driving can lead to a major accident. Not every driver is ignorant, but then again not every driver is perfect. Always be alert of others around you, and always drive on the defensive side, there is no such thing as being too cautious of other drivers.
- Rain: We can’t control the weather, and eventually you’re going to have to drive in the rain. A helpful tip for driving in the rain is to take turns with caution due to the decrease in traction. Another helpful tip is to make sure your lights are on, because the more visible your vehicle is, the less likely you are to be hit by another driver.
- Ice: While ice is only around in the winter, it is still one of the leading causes of major accidents. While most roads get salted and plowed during a snow storm, it is better to treat ice like it is there whether it actually is or not. Ways to be safer when encountering ice is to slow down majorly, and give other motorists double the space you would normally give while driving in normal conditions. This way reaction time is increased and collision probability is lowered significantly.
Collisions happen. By being diligent and aware of all your surroundings, you can contribute to a safer driving experience for everyone. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the members of Your Hometown Body Shop.