Sunday, August 19, 2012

Avoid Automobile Accidents

Nobody wants to go through the awful experience of being in an automobile accident, but there are things we do, like speeding and aggressive driving, that can easily get us into trouble. Here are a few easy and simple things you can do to help to avoid being in a car crash.
Don't Mix Alcohol with Cars
If you want to do your best to avoid car accidents, the number one way to do that is to never drive when you've been drinking and never ride with a driver who has been drinking. One in three people will be in a car accident involving a driver who has been drinking, and drunk driving causes an average of one injury each minute in the US. Fatality figures related to drunk driving are staggering: nearly 11,000 people will die in a drunk driving crash this year, many of them innocent passengers or drivers of other cars. Call a cab, stay with a friend, do whatever you need to do, but do not ever drink and drive.
Slow Down
We are in such a rush to get to where we're going that sometimes we don't manage to get where we're going at all. Instead of having your car ride be a frenzied rush, leave early when you know you have to be somewhere on time. Drive the speed limit or under-after all, speed limits are not arbitrarily assigned, nor are they indicators of a minimum speed you should be driving. Let other drivers pass you. By slowing down, you give yourself more time to react should a crisis occur, and you also reduce any potential impact speed on your part.
Leave Enough Space
Most if not all rear-end collisions could be avoided if the driver following the other car would have just left enough space to stop. There are times when other drivers will be forced to stop abruptly, and you want to have enough time and space to react and stop without stopping in another person's rear bumper. The experts usually recommend a two second window between one car passing a stationary object and your car doing the same.
Space also refers to the space around you. Be conscious of other drivers and their ability to see you. Don't hover right next to another car if it can be avoided, and definitely work to stay out of another driver's blind spot. Leave space for you to react and for other drivers to see you.
Reduce Distractions
In many states, it's illegal to text and drive, and in some it's even illegal to talk on the phone and drive. There's a reason for that: distractions like phones are causing more and more accidents. When you're distracted, it's difficult to keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to other drivers, which means it's more likely that an accident will occur. Distractions aren't limited to phones, however. Anything from a flashy billboard to friends in the car to changing the music can be a distraction for drivers. While it's impossible to remove all distractions when we're driving, we can do what we can to reduce the distractions in our cars. Turn off the phone. Pick music you can listen to the entire drive. Ask friends to stay quiet. Ignore billboards and other advertisements and focus on the drivers around you instead.

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