How to minimize the chance of being involved in a car accident

Every year, in US, about 10 million people are involved in car accidents and the results can be devastating. According to CDC, motorized accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers.

The number one cause of car accidents in America is the distracted driving with talking on the phone, eating, texting, reading being just some of the things drivers do behind the wheel. Using a hand-held device means you are 4 times more likely to get into a car accident than a driver that pay attention to the road. Texting? 23 times more likely to get into an accident! Why are people willing to risk their life and other’s for something that can easily be taking care of minutes later continues to baffle me. So what can we do about this?

 

When pulling at a stop sign, check twice for cars.
Look behind you before backing out of a parking spot.
Watch out for cars that rush the red light.
Look both left and right when making a right-hand turn.
Watch out for cars that are pulling trailers
Always, I mean ALWAYS check for a clear lane when switching lanes. Remember there is a blind spot your mirrors can’t cover.
Pay attention when you are close to tracks. The truck driver might not see you if you are too close, especially if passing on the right hand side.
Watch for kids. They tend to pop out from between cars suddenly.
Always remember that the faster you are going, the harder is to slow down and the harder is to avoid a dangerous situation. Not to mention the hidden cops ready to give you a ticket.
Avoid the left lane. It’s where most accidents happen.
Don’t fixate the car in front of you. Always check what is happening in front of that car as well and the surroundings.
Keep your eyes moving. Its the only way to see things.
When you are driving, do just that. Drive.

Get home safe.

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