Many car crashes are due to human error, 90% in fact. That is a very surprising statistic but it can be a good one also. It means that you are able to do something about getting into an accident about 90% of the time. There is going to be some times when you just can’t avoid an accident but here are 7 ways that you can avoid an accident and get home safely.
- Create a buffer zone between you and the other cars. This will leave plenty of room for braking or getting out of the way. A buffer zone of one car for every ten miles per hour will allow you to see what is going on ahead of you and give you an escape route if you see an accident occurring in front of you.
- Keep both hands on the wheel. Don’t fumble with the radio dial or reach for a CD or look up directions while you are driving, etc. These are very unsafe driving practices that could cause an accident.
- Stay alert! This will enable you to see what is going on and, most importantly, react in time if something goes wrong. Don’t drive if you are tired or stressed. Get some rest before taking a long drive and don’t rely on coffee or energy drinks to keep you awake.
- Don’t drive distracted. Distracted driving is as bad as drowsy driving and could be as bad as driving drunk in some instances. Taking your eyes off the road for only three seconds could cause a collision. Talking on the phone and texting are major cause of distracted driving.
- Communicate your intentions with other drivers. This means to always signal turns and merge with other traffic accordingly. If the other drivers know your intentions, they will be able to act on them and avoid a possible collision with you.
- Drive according to the weather. If it is raining or the snow is falling, slow down. This is the biggest, most important piece of advice we can give you to avoid an accident. Wet or icy roads will make you take longer to stop and foggy weather will limit visibility not allowing you to see something right in front of you at times.
- Avoid “road rage”. Road rage isn’t good for any of us. It cause unnecessary stress and can even lead to violence against other drivers. It’s not worth it in the long run.
- And the last one should be a no-brainer. Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Staying safe out on the roads is something we can all appreciate. It will get us home safely and is something we can practice every day.