With an estimated 40 million drivers in the United States, it’s no wonder that there are over 6 million car accidents each and every year. One in thirteen accidents result in a death. For those fortunate enough to survive, they are left with either serious injury and/or major medical or repair bills. With a little practice and mental preparedness, you can begin to avoiding car accidents by following a few simple safety tips.
Always check your rear view mirror when coming to a stop.
Whether your driving in traffic and slowing down or coming to a red light or stop sign, always be sure to check your rear view mirror prior to coming to a stop. Leave at least 4 or 5 car lengths between you and the car in front of you, when you check your mirror. It’s not uncommon for drivers who are either not paying attention or slow to react to rear end you. By being aware of the driver behind you, you can give yourself an opportunity to swerve out of the lane and avoid a rear end collision. Of course, always be sure to check your blind spots on both sides before swerving. Fast thinking and constant awareness will help prepare you for avoiding these type of collisions.
Increase speed and drive quickly past trucks.
The larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot. More defensive drivers often feel the need to slowly pass or simply not pass large trucks. It’s often better to remain in your current lane, increase speed and quickly pass the truck. Avoid staying in the blind spot of any vehicle for any amount of time. This only increases the likelihood of another vehicle not noticing you and turning into your lane. By quickly driving past the vehicle, you can get out of the way faster and avoid these types of accidents.
Avoid right lanes in merge areas.
The right lane is generally for slower moving traffic. However, the right is also generally where merge lanes begin and vehicles enter and exit the road. When vehicles merge onto a road they are looking ahead of them, behind them, to their sides – that’s a lot of distraction. If you’re in the right lane at these times, you’re only allowing yourself to be placed at further risk. Try to avoid right lanes at these times by separating yourself by one or two lanes over. You can always safely move back into the right lane if that’s your preference down the road.
Accidental accidents can often be avoiding by being aware of your surroundings and acting accordingly. Not only are accidents extremely dangerous, but they significantly increase your car insurance premiums. Avoiding accidents or collisions is one of the best ways to ensure that you’ll maintain a low insurance premium and of course, reduce your risk of injury on the road.