The first step to preventing car accidents is to know the most common causes.
Here are some things to keep in mind while you travel whether is across the street or across the country in your car to prevent accidents or the common causes for them.
- Distracted Driving– is the most common cause. This is using mobile devices, leaning down to pick something up off the floor, playing with the radio and other devices, conversations with passengers, and even eating breakfast on the way to work. To avoid this be sure that you eliminate distractions while driving, even though you cannot control what other drivers are doing.
- Impaired Driving- It is common knowledge that it is dangerous to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is a major cause of roadway fatalities each year. The way to avoid is simple and not drive impaired, not just drugs or alcohol but also prescription drugs that impair your ability to drive safely.
- Speeding- this is a dangerous road practice. While you may think that high speeds cause the most road fatalities, most actually occur in speed-related crashes on roads with a speed limit less than 55 mph. To avoid this always drive at a safe speed. This doesn’t always mean the speed limit if there are other conditions present such as rain or bad weather. Also avoid other speeders on the road including let them pass you.
Now that you know some of the common causes, keep these in mind to stay safe while you are driving.