As we're about to celebrate the weekend, let's think more responsibly when it comes to driving.
According to "Road Crash Statistics," there are "nearly 1.3 million people who die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled. More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44." (Asirt, 2018)
That is insane!
It is more heartbreaking when teenagers and young adults, especially, are in car accidents every day.
That is definitely something to think about.
Also, according to DMV.org, your car "insurance company can investigate your accident claims, which can vary depending on the following: the severity of the accident, the company's policies, and an accident is involved with property damage or injuries" (DMV.ORG, 2018). To learn more, you can go to www.dmv.org for more information on how to resolve your accident claims. Make sure to always get a lawyer present and bring any information that would allow you to get the money you deserve.
Let's face it, nobody wants to be in a car accident of any kind in our world today and there are accidents happening around us every day, even when it is unexpected. We cannot control what we do when we drive and it is up to us as drivers to obey the law and drive for the safety of yourself and others around you.
It is very important to follow rules when it comes to driving because you never know if a loved one or someone you've known for a long time can be involved in a car accident. To help you become a safe driver, these 5 tips will help you avoid car accidents.
So, let's get right to it!
Tip #1: Increase Your Following Distance
Now, increasing your following distance will increase your reaction time. This means that it increases the distance you have to react to what is happening ahead of you. Also, it increases your ability to react on time to something that is happening right ahead of you. So, by increasing your following distance, you are leaving a bigger gap between yourself and the car in front of you.
Now with the bigger gap, you are able to stop in time to swerve out of the way and do whatever you need to do by ensuring that you are avoiding an accident in front of you. Also, avoid getting involved in an accident with the car in front of you.
Tip #2: Adapt To Road Conditions
If you are driving on a road, you can drive a specific way. If it starts to rain, you have to slow down to a decent amount, which should be 20-30 mph. You have to take your turns much smoother. Much slower. You do not want to lose your balance during these times. If it starts to snow, then you need to slow down even more.
If the road is icy, you have to drive much slower at around 10 mph. If it's windy outside, you have to get a firm grip on the steering wheel and make sure you hold on for dear life, even when you are taking a turn.
So, you have to adapt to the road conditions. You have to look outside, use your professional judgment, and make decisions based on the weather conditions you are in, not how you feel in the moment. If you want to drive faster or slower, you have to make smart decisions based on the conditions of the road that you are driving on and the environment around you.
Tip #3: Obey The Speed Limit
Speed limits are there for a reason. If you are on a road and the speed limit says that you can drive at 50 mph, then you have to drive in that speed limit. To be safe, you can drive below 50 mph so you can operate and have more space to change lanes. If you go over the speed limit, you will be arrested and you do not want that, right?
The speed limit does not go down and you have to obey what the speed limit says. So, obey the speed limits, because if you are speeding, there is a high chance that you will get involved in an accident. If you are going either 60 or 70 mph over the speed limit, that means you are driving faster instead of driving slower to be safe.
With that being said, obey the speed limit. That is the most basic and simple rule in driving.
Tip #4: Take A Driving Lesson
Now, many people avoid taking driving lessons once they already have their driver’s license because they feel like that since they have their license, that means they are professional drivers, and is really not the case. As drivers, we are able to legally drive wherever we live. However, it does not mean that we are professional drivers and cannot improve our driving skills.
If there is a specific area of driving that you can improve on that will help you avoid car accidents, it is to take driving lessons, whether it’s from a professional driving instructor or just a friend that is really good at driving. If you take a driving lesson, it will help you become a better driver. It is one of the best things that you can do for yourself.
By taking a driving lesson, it will also help you improve your driving skills and those improved driving skills will help you avoid a car accident.
Tip #5: Scan The Road 10 Seconds Ahead
Now, when you are following a car in front of you, there is a certain following distance you should keep, and the following distance is the time that it takes from a car in front of you to pass a pole or stoplight to when you pass that same pole or stoplight. So, the time that it takes for a car to pass by the time my car passes is following distance.
So, you should be scanning 10 seconds ahead, which means the car that passes a specific light 10 seconds before you passed it is where you should be scanning to ahead of the road. That is just to get an idea of what is happening up ahead. For example, if there are 4 cars ahead of you and they put their brakes on for you to see their brake lights, then you can immediately start to anticipate that you will see more break lights closer to you.
So, you will start to see a car in front of you brake sooner and you would not be relying on looking at the brake lights of the car in front of you. You will see the brake lights far up ahead. If the car ahead of you swerved out of the way, that means you notice an obstacle on the road that you can avoid. The point here is that you should scan further ahead than just looking at a car in front of you.
If you do that, it will give you an advance notice for avoiding car accidents. It is simply just avoiding accidents. In this post, I have discussed with you guys about the “5 Tips To Avoid Car Accidents.” Once again, nobody wants to be involved in a car accident. These tips are very practical and easy to follow. If you follow these simple tips, you will know how to avoid car accidents.
Remember, safety begins with you!
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