These Tips Will Help You Avoid a Car Accident
Every year, 1.3 million people die in the United States due to car crashes. This roughly gives us 3,287 deaths every day. Fatalities aside, another 20 to 50 million people are injured. Road accidents rank as the 9th leading cause of death in the country. Car accident lawyers have a lot on their plates. Yet, when you ask most drivers about their abilities behind the wheel, 95% of them will tell you that they are safe drivers. The statistics indicate otherwise.
Below you will find the five most important tips on how to become a better and safer driver:
Don’t Be Impatient
Studies show that poor driving skills play a significant role in the number of accidents that happen every year. Most accidents are caused by bad motorist behavior, and impatience is a big factor that influences some of the worst habits on the road: turning at intersections without yielding the right-of-way, tail-gaiting, cutting another driver off, and speeding. A car is a powerful thing, and should not be used in such a reckless manner.
Impatience is dangerous. In fact, 40% of car accidents occur at intersections because drivers are impatient. They do not stop when they need to. Do not overtake another vehicle if you have no clear view of what is ahead. Around 22,000 accidents happen every year because the driver is overtaking. Remember, road safety rules are there for a reason. Learn to give way and maintain proper distance from cars. If you are at fault, even the best car accident lawyers may not be able to help you
Don’t Drink and Drive
Driving under the influence (DUI) accounts for 31% of car accidents. And yearly, traffic patrols arrest rough 1.1 million people for DUI. Alcohol and drugs impair your ability. While many people, when inebriated, insist that they are fine and that they can manage to drive, science says otherwise. Unfortunately, it is always too late once a person realizes he is not capable of driving.
The effects of a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .01 to .03 may not be obvious, but there is undeniable mental impairment. Visual and multitasking functions are impaired. A BAC of .03 to .06 will make a person calm. This also reduces a person’s inhibition. Alertness, judgment, and coordination are impaired. A BAC of .6 to .10 is the level of intoxication. Reasoning, vision, and depth perception are now impaired. Anything higher than .8 increases the risk of a car accident by 11 times.
Properly Adjust the Mirrors
Your vision shows you your surroundings. Your perception lets you know if there are cars behind and beside you. Your side view and rear mirrors are your new eyes. When adjusted properly, you can prevent blind spots and make the right decisions.
To adjust it properly, lean your head to the left and look at the side mirror. Adjust it accordingly until you barely see the side of your car. However, you have to make sure that you can clearly see the door handles of the back seat. The rear view mirror must show 100% of your car’s rear. This should show you the cars that your side view mirrors don’t.
Most importantly, look at these mirrors before turning. And always, always glance over your shoulder just to make sure that a car isn’t in your blind spot.
Ditch the Distractions for Good
Every year, approximately 330,000 people are injured because they text while they drive. When you text, you are increasing the time during which your eyes are off the road by 400%. When you take your eyes off the road for five seconds (the average amount of time it takes to read a text) while driving at 55mph, you cross the length of a football field! It’s clear to see why this behavior is incredibly risky.
Texting is not the only form of distracted driving. There are three categories of distracted driving: cognitive, visual, and manual. Visual distraction is anything that takes your eye off the road. Manual distraction refers to anything that takes your hands off the wheel, and cognitive distraction is anything that impairs or distracts your mind from driving. Below are the most common examples of activities that you should avoid:
- Any form of phone use
- Eating and drinking
- Laughing and joking around
- Crying or being emotionally upset
- Grooming yourself
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting the radio settings or inserting a CD
Don’t Bother Speeding
Speed has an appropriate place: the race track. Roads are never meant for speeding. In fact, research shows that the risk of accidents doubles for every additional 5km/hour if you are already traveling at 60km/h. The same study shows that if you reduce 5km/h, you also reduce your accident risk by 15%.
Why is this? When you drive slowly, your body can keep up with the pace of action around your environment. Your eye and muscle coordination are at its best at slow speeds. You can see things earlier, your brain will process the information faster, and your foot will press the brakes on time.
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