What Are The Most Common Causes Of Car Accidents? – And How to Avoid them
19 May 2015
Being in a car can make you feel very safe and protected. Some of us enjoy driving so much we almost forget where we are! As a driver, you must always be sharp and on the ball. An accident can affect not only your life, but the lives of others.
We are going to talk about the most common causes of accidents and help you to avoid them.
Cyclists And Pedestrians
Cyclists and pedestrians, unfortunately, are often at the receiving end of car accidents. In some cases, it may be their fault. For example, you can’t be sure that every single person has checked the roads before stepping out. To avoid any accidents, you mustn’t assume that people can see you, even if you can see them! Always drive with caution and make yourself known if you are unsure. Beep your horn if you need to, it’s there for a reason!
Texting And Phone Calls
It’s difficult to go anywhere without checking your mobile phone. It can be tempting if you’ve been behind the wheel for a while. As bored as you might be, checking your phone could end in major Road Accidents. If you need to make a call while driving, use a hands-free system. Avoid texting unless you can stop, if you’re fidgeting you could miss something important. If your must send a text, use voice recognition software, so you don’t have to use your hands.
Driving Under The Influence
Driving under the influence is a large contributing factor to many car accidents. Driving under the influence doesn’t just mean alcohol, it includes drugs as well. You should even be careful if you are prescribed anything that may make you tired or less alert. As your doctor if you are unsure about driving. Accidents under the influence often have a hugely damaging effect on the driver and others lives. “Just one more drink” is not worth an accident.
Speeding And Reckless Driving
We’ve all been late for something and might have even driven a little too fast, but this doesn’t make it okay. Just because you have not got caught yet, doesn’t mean you’re safe. Speed limits are in place to protect you not just to make you late! If you find yourself rushing a lot, you should be thinking about setting off earlier, not avoiding speed cameras. Any reckless driving can lead to something that could change your life forever.
Reactions And Mistakes
One of the most common ways for car accidents to happen is from poor reactions to surroundings. As we become more comfortable with the roads, we can sometimes relax a little too much. Relaxing too much can lead to you not reacting quickly enough or making mistakes. If you’ve been driving for a long time, no matter how good you think are at driving, you might want to consider a refresher course. A couple of hours out of your day could save you from months of pain or worse!
If you want to avoid road accidents, you need to be sharp. Never drive if you’re tired and avoid any distractions. It’s possible to drive without accidents, change your bad habits today!
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