There are more than 6 million auto accidents in the United States every year. According to the World Health Organization, traffic accidents are the tenth leading cause of death in the world. In short, traffic safety is a major problem, and many people underestimate the risk they’re putting themselves in every time they get in a car.
It’s not always possible for you to avoid getting into an accident. However, there are things you can do and behaviors you can avoid that will help greatly reduce your risk of getting into an accident. Here are five of the most common causes of traffic accidents, and what you can do (or not do) to avoid them:
- Distracted driving. This has become increasingly problematic in the era of cell phones, GPS systems, and other electronic gadgets. When you’re not paying full attention to the road, you’re much more likely to miss when the person in front of you suddenly changes lanes or slams on their brakes.
- Speeding. We’ve all experienced it—you’re ten minutes late getting out of the house, and you have an important meeting in just a few minutes. However, speeding makes it harder to respond to unexpected road hazards and it increases the risk of serious injury if there is a crash. Speeding is never worth it, no matter how strong the temptation.
- Drunk driving. This gets a lot of attention, but its importance can’t be overstated. Any amount of alcohol in your system inhibits your ability to drive. Every year, 10,000 to 20,000 people die in alcohol-related crashes. Avoid putting yourself and others at risk by always choosing a designated driver.
- Drowsy driving. You’ve seen the public service announcements and the billboards—if you’re feeling at all fatigued, pull over and rest. You may think you can reach you have enough energy to reach your destination, but it’s not worth the risk.
- Inclement weather. You can’t always avoid driving in the bad weather, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk of an accident. If it’s foggy, rainy, snowy, icy, or windy, give yourself extra time to get where you’re going. If conditions are severe, you shouldn’t try to travel at your normal speeds. Slow down and give yourself extra room between other drivers.
Following these suggestions will help ensure that you reach your destination safely. However, if an accident does happen, reduce your stress and your expenses by calling your Utah collision repair specialists!