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Top 10 Ways to Avoid Car Accidents

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Car Accidents

Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 17-Aug-2015

While none of these tips are guaranteed to prevent a crash, driving safely can drastically reduce your chances of an auto accident. These 10 tips are simple, and should quickly become second nature to any driver.

1. Check Your Blind Spots

This tip should be second nature to everyone on the road. Before you change or merge lanes, it’s vital to check your blind spots thoroughly. Although you’re primarily looking for cars or trucks, motorcycles are particularly hard to see when they are riding in your blind spot.

2. Maintain Control Over Your Car

In order to properly react to any potential danger ahead, it’s vital to have complete control over your car. Keep both hands on the wheel at the recommended 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions. For maximum control, you should also keep your seat slightly more forward than you might be used to, to the point where you can rest your wrist on the wheel with your back against the seat.

3. Know Your Car

Even the best driver can make foolish mistakes behind the wheel of an unfamiliar car. For example, if you are struggling to find the headlights or windshield wiper switch in a new car, you may be distracted and can cause an accident. A lack of familiarity with brake sensitivity and similar features can lead to unexpectedly sudden stops.

4. Be Cautious at Night & in Hazardous Conditions

This rule applies equally for nighttime driving and driving in hazardous road conditions–avoid it when at all possible. Late at night you’re likely to see far more intoxicated drivers, as well as people who are simply tired. Combine this with a decreased field of vision for all drivers, and you have a recipe for disaster.

5. Maintain Your Car

All the reaction time in the world means nothing if your brakes don’t work. Keeping your car in good repair is one of the most fundamental ways to stay safe on the road. In addition to brakes, you should be sure to regularly check tires, headlights, taillights, wiper blades, and other critical safety equipment. You should also make sure to keep your windshield and windows clean to avoid sun glare and reduced visibility.

6. Scan the Area Ahead

It’s vital to keep an eye on not just the car ahead, but the entire road ahead of you. For example, if you notice that traffic has come to a complete stop half a mile up the road, you’ll have plenty of time to react and slow down. If your eyes are locked on the brake lights of the car in front of you, you may have to slam on your brakes to avoid an accident.

7. Stay in the Center Lanes

The “fast lane” is one of the most dangerous places to be on the road. This is because your options are much more limited in an emergency situation; if there is an obstruction in the lane, you can only move to your left to avoid it.

8. Avoid Damaged Cars

While judging a book by its cover isn’t usually the best idea, it can help you avoid accidents while on the road. Unrepaired damage to cars can indicate a poor driver, as well as someone who may not be properly maintaining their car. Furthermore, previous accidents can be a sign that their insurance is more expensive, increasing the likelihood that they have minimal coverage.

9. Keep a Safe Following Distance

Tailgating is one of the most dangerous driving habits you can have. When you tailgate another car, you decrease your reaction time significantly and make it far more likely that you’ll hit them if they stop short. Furthermore, it decreases your visibility by making it harder to see past the car in front of you.

10. Drive at a Safe Speed

Last but not least, it’s important not to speed excessively on the road. While most drivers are guilty of occasionally driving over the speed limit to pass another car, consistently driving faster than the speed of traffic is dangerous and illegal. Backing off the gas can save you from a ticket and an accident.

If you’ve been injured in a car crash, call the Atlanta auto accident attorneys at The Weinstein Firm, LLC for skilled representation.

Categories: Auto Accidents