Car crashes and collisions happen suddenly, often with no more than a moment’s notice. Aside from not engaging in illegal or potentially dangerous driving behaviors yourself, there is not always much you can do to avoid being involved in an accident with another driver. At the same time, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of being in the types of situations in which car accidents and injuries are most likely to occur. We have collected the following tips for you and your loved ones to share that can not only help you avoid being involved in an accident, but can also help prevent the potential serious injuries that can result.
Tips To Avoid Car Accidents and Injuries
According to accident reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than five million car accidents occur each year across the United States, injuring over 2 million drivers and their passengers, and resulting in death for as many as 90 people a day. Driving behaviors that are often contributing factors in these accidents include speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating and improper passing, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and distracted driving, including using cell phones or texting.
While avoiding these behaviors yourself can help significantly reduce your risk of causing an accident, you cannot control the behavior of other drivers. In order to minimize your chances of running into a driver engaging in reckless and potentially dangerous behaviors, it is important to be aware of potential ‘hot spots’ for accidents and to practice defensive driving techniques. The car experts at Edmunds recommend the following tips to help you avoid car accidents and the injuries they cause:
- Carefully scan the road in front of you and the situations around you. Be alert for traffic or weather conditions and other driver’s behaviors which increase the risk for accidents to occur.
- Drive with both hands on the wheel, in the nine and three o’clock position. This gives you greater control over your vehicle and allows you to respond faster in the event you need to swerve to avoid a collision.
- Be aware of your car’s blind spots and adjust your mirrors to give you optimum viewing.
- Avoid driving in the left lane, which is considered the ‘fast line’ for drivers. Stick to the middle or the right side of the road to avoid speeding driver and to ensure a quicker escape route in the event you have to swerve or slam on your brakes.
- Use increased caution when driving at night or on weekends, which is when the majority of accidents occur.
In addition to the above, always wear your seatbelt, so that in the event an accident does occur, you will be better protected.
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