“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” –Benjamin Franklin.
If you’ve ever been in an accident, you know how true that statement is. Some accidents can’t be avoided. But fortunately, many can be prevented by changing just a few habits.
Preventing auto accidents will not only save you a major headache, it will also keep your insurance premiums low, help you avoid costly medical bills and property damage, and save you a lot of time.
Cut out Distractions
According to the NHTSA, cell phones cause 14% of all distraction-affected car crashes in the United States. Other common distractions to avoid include eating while driving and paying too much attention to children or passengers in the car.
Make sure you only use your cell phone while safely pulled off to the side of the road. Teach any children in the car the importance of staying focused on the road while driving. And while most adult passengers should know not to be a distraction, if they are, give them something to helping with like navigation so they will stay focused as well.
Stay out of the fast lane
“By using the center or right lane on multilane roads, you have more ‘escape routes’ should a problem suddenly arise that requires you to quickly change lanes or pull onto the shoulder. Most highway accidents occur in the left lane,” says Edmunds.
By staying out of the left lane on the highway, you have more control over your environment. Additionally, other drivers are less likely to follow you too closely because there will be ample room to pass.
Make sure your car is in tip-top shape
Take your car to your trusted dealer or mechanic and have them do a safety check.
Driving with low tire treads, streaky windshield wipers or screeching brakes is never worth causing an accident. The cost of maintenance is well worth preventing a expensive accident.
Speed limits are not set just to be a nuisance and make you late for work. They are set by state and government officials using physics “because setting speed limits is primarily a road safety measure,” says the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
“The faster you go, the less reaction time you have and the more skills are necessary to avoid an accident. As the speed climbs, so do braking distances and all other force measures that can lead to catastrophic collisions and rollovers,” says Consumer Reports.
Practice patience if you’re stuck behind a slow driver. Make it easy on yourself and follow the two-second rule, which means at least two seconds (one-one thousand, two-one thousand) should go by before the preceding car and your car pass the same object.
Keep an eye out for red-light runners
Even if you have the right-of-way, being involved in an auto accident produces no winners. Always look both ways in an intersection before proceeding, even with a green light. You never know when someone will decide they are an exception to a red light.
As always, we hope you have a safe drive on all Denver roads. Do everything in your control to avoid auto accidents and it will be well worth the time you took to do so.
Sometimes auto accidents happen anyway and when they do, we are here to take care of you and your family. If you are involved in an auto accident, contact DCC Law. We will listen to you and get you back to your life as soon as possible.