Car collisions are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Regardless of how many provisions are put in place to reduce the risk of accidents, they still kill millions a year.
While there isn’t one single way to stop one from ever happening to you, there are efforts that you can make on your part to lower your chances of putting your life in danger on the road.
Here are some of the best ways to avoid getting into a car accident.
Follow Traffic Laws
Traffic laws were put into place for a reason. Unfortunately, some people believe that the rules no longer apply to them after they’ve driven for a certain amount of time. Unfortunately, overconfidence behind the wheel can be disastrous.
Don’t ignore signs, and always follow the speed limit. Getting a traffic ticket is an expensive lesson. You’re aren’t above the law!
Stay Off Your Phone
For crying out loud, put your phone down! No call or message is worthy of putting your life at risk. Unfortunately, the digital era has normalized the constant use of cell phones.
However, using your phone while you’re in a waiting room is not the same as using your phone while you’re at a red light, or worse, accelerating! You’re not only putting your own life at risk, but also others.
Do everyone a favor, and when you’re driving just focus on driving!
Don’t Drink and Drive
Alcohol has a way of convincing you that you’re invincible. However, even though you may have had “only a few” drinks before getting behind the wheel, that small amount of alcohol can have a significant effect on your reaction time.
Not only can drinking and driving lead to serious legal trouble, but it can also be fatal.
Make Sure Your Car Is in Driving Condition
If you notice that your car has been acting up, it’s essential to take it to the shop. Sometimes your car may break down in the middle of traffic, causing an accident.
Don’t leave things to chance. The minute you notice anything off about your vehicle, take it in to be serviced.
Don’t Drive Overly Emotional
Most people have heard that road rage can be dangerous, but so can any intense emotion. Whether you’re sobbing or bursting with rage, it’s never a good idea to drive when you’re emotions have taken over. You’re not able to make sensible decisions.
While you can’t control other drivers on the road, you can control how you react to them. Always stay aware of your fellow drivers and take as many safety precautions as possible. As a result, you’ll be much less likely to suffer from someone else’s negligence, or committing a negligent act.