Vehicles have more safety features than ever before but accidents still happen every day. In fact, auto accidents account for a significant number of injuries and death in the United States each year. Even a minor accident can be frustrating and stressful as your car may need repairs which means you may be without it for some time. Although there are many different accident causes, there are five that account for the largest percentage throughout the country. These tips can help you avoid being included in those statistics.
In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in distracted driving accidents but only 290,000 were injured by drunk drivers. Although more people died that year in drunk driving accidents, the fact that so many were injured indicates how dangerous it is to be distracted while driving. Distracted driving is more than just texting. People put on makeup, food and even the morning newspaper. The best way to avoid being involved in a distracted driving accident is to do things like putting on makeup, reading the paper or eating at home and not while driving. Use a Bluetooth device for your phone so that both your hands remain on the wheel.
Although distracted driving is becoming the leading cause of accidents in the country, drunk driving is not far behind, despite significant education designed to prevent it. Too often, people believe that the two or three drinks they had were not enough to impair them, so they drive when they should not. In addition, people who may have alcohol abuse issues may choose to drive even if they know they are impaired. The best way to avoid a drunk driving accident is to not drink at all if you are driving. If you do drink, take a cab or find a designated driver.
Driving at high rates of speed, rapid lane changes, tailgating and other unsafe, aggressive driving habits are another leading cause of accidents. Not only is it unsafe for you, it is unsafe for others on the road. If you find yourself driving aggressively, consider taking a defensive driving course to learn better driving habits. Keep safe distances between vehicles, signal before changing lanes and be aware of other vehicles on the road.
Although similar to aggressive driving, road rage describes when you get angry behind the wheel of the car and then take it out on other vehicles on the road. For example, whipping around a car and pulling in front of them because they cut you off on the highway or riding too closely to intimidate them. Almost every driver has road rage at some point, but it is critical that you get it under control. A defensive driving course may help you adjust your attitude on the road.
It is critical that you keep your vehicle well maintained. Failed brakes, blown tires and engine failures cause a high number of accidents each year. Follow your manufacturers recommendations for routine maintenance such as oil changes, brake checks and other inspections that keep your car running smoothly. Ask your mechanic to check for brake line rust as snapped brake lines are common. Worn tires are another common cause of maintenance related accidents.
These tips can help you avoid accidents by preventing their common causes. For more information, fill out the easy form online.