Whenever you get behind the wheel, it is important to ensure that you are driving safely and obey all traffic laws to avoid being involved in a car accident. However, sometimes crashes are unavoidable.
Fortunately, most accidents are easily preventable. To help become a safer driver, here are several tips to help avoid the possibility of a collision.
Each time you get into a vehicle, remember the following tips:
- Make sure your vehicle is in good, driving condition – Maintenance is important. There are many accidents where a malfunction of an auto part is the cause. Ensure that the brakes and tires are in great condition, and all fluids are at their proper levels.
- Look 12 seconds ahead – This enables you to react to potential road hazards instead of suddenly slamming on your brakes and swerving out of the way. Focus on the area where you will be driving in 10-12 seconds.
- Look out for children – When it comes to residential areas, children and animals have a habit of popping out of nowhere and onto the road. Ensure that you are driving through neighborhoods and school areas at a slow speed and keep an eye out for kids.
- Avoid distractions – Whether it is a cellphone or a GPS, we are more distracted than ever due to the technological advances in our society. Distractions can take your hands away from the steering wheel, your eyes away from the road, and your mind away from properly driving your vehicle.
- Avoid tailgating – Being too close to the vehicle in front of you leaves little room to avoid crashing into it. Leave a three- to four-second cushion between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Be nice – Being mindful of everyone on the road goes a long way when it comes to avoiding accidents. If an aggressive driver is close, make sure you avoid him or her at all costs.