Avoiding a Car Accident
Accidents are typically unexpected and always unwelcome in any motorist’s life and the aftermath can long lasting, time-consuming, and inconvenient. In all too many cases, accidents can be tragic and physically painful events permanently scarring both body and mind.
It is always best to avoid accidents and indeed, at least 90% of the most common accidents are completely avoidable if you have the proper driving skills. In many cases, simple education and knowing of how to react in certain situations is invaluable for avoiding almost all accidents.
If you can respond to common problems like intersection errors, driver inattention, following too closely, and vehicle malfunctions, you should be able to avoid a large majority of the accident situations. For example, it is thought that about 23% of all fatal accidents happen due to intersection mistakes. These accidents can usually be avoided by treating every intersection with caution including looking around carefully and proceeding carefully even if you have the right of way.
The other common causes of accidents include easily remedied conditions such as driver inattention (always keep your eyes on the road and others around you) and following too closely (always maintain a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you). Vehicle malfunction is another cause of accidents that can always be prevented but if you perform routine maintenance on your vehicle and repair problems as they happen, you can avoid many problems that might otherwise arise.
Speeding is also a very real problem when it comes to reaction time and increasing the severity of an accident. This is especially true when drivers face adverse driving conditions such as ice, snow, rain, fog, or even nighttime driving. While you should always obey the speed limit, you should be especially careful when face with challenging weather that could impact your ability to avoid accidents.
Also, improper lane changes can also be a big problem. How many times can you recall when someone in the other lane has suddenly drifted into your travel lane causing you to hit the brakes and lay on the horn?
The bottom lines is always make sure you check your mirrors, signal your intention, and turn you head to see if anyone is in your blind spot before moving into another lane.