There are millions of accidents in the US every year, and most of them are preventable. Incautious and dangerous driving from one or both of the drivers is at the root of most accidents.
We’ve talked about some of the common behaviors that lead to accidents: Drunk driving, driving while tired, driving while distracted. But here are six other specific and very common behaviors that we can all easily fall into if we aren’t cautious:
- Speeding: It’s easy to get into the habit of going 10 or 20 MPH over the speed limit on the freeway. However, government studies have shown that, for each mile per hour each driver goes over the speed limit, his or her risk of accident goes up by several percentage points.
- Driving dangerously during bad weather: If you live in an area with blizzards or heavy rain, you’ve probably experienced this: most drivers are driving a little bit slowly and a little bit cautiously to compensate for the slick or icy roads and the reduced visibility—except for that one person in a hurry who rushes by at 20 MPH over the speed limit. Don’t be that person.
- Talking on a cell phone or texting: Many think that they have mastered the art of texting and driving, and that they don’t have to worry about all the commercials and laws warning against it. They haven’t mastered it, and, in reality, any texting is distracting—and texting or talking on the phone may be the thing that prevents you from being able to react fast enough to that road hazard.
- Tailgating: We’ve all experienced that driver who, no matter what the posted speed limit, always wants to go 10 miles under. This can be extremely annoying, but following that person too closely doesn’t help—few take it as a cue to start driving faster, and it greatly increases your chance of an accident.
- Not using your turn signal: It seems like a small thing, so many people choose not to do it at all. But in most states signaling is mandatory, and a failure to do so can get you ticketed. Believe it or not, there’s a reason for the law—signaling before you merge, change lanes, or turn is your way of letting the drivers around you know what you’re doing.
- Failing to keep your car well-maintained: A fully functioning car can be vital to protecting you in the event of a hazard on the road. Regularly checking to make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that your brakes are working well can save lives.
While it’s not always possible to avoid an accident, following these tips will decrease your risk. And remember, if you do get into an accident, talk to the Utah accident repair experts.