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To avoid your risk of being in a car accident, it’s important to understand where they happen most often and why they occur. We may think of long trips or commutes as being dangerous, and they certainly can be. But most accidents actually happen much closer to home, with the majority occurring within 25 miles of home.
This is probably due to the fact that you travel in this area quite often, but also due to inattention. When we’re traveling in an unfamiliar area, we’re probably more attentive than when we’re near our homes.
Tips in Avoiding Car Accidents
The following tips will help you avoid traffic accidents, particularly those that are close to home:
It’s easy to zone out and become less attentive when you’ve driven a particular route day after day, sometimes multiple times a day. Make sure to stay alert as you drive, in case another driver does something unexpected and you need to respond quickly.
From kids arguing in the backseat to a ringing cell phone, distractions can be dangerous. Inattentive driving can cause accidents, so keep distractions at a minimum and pull over if you need to answer a call or get the kids to calm down.
Keep your car in good repair
You don’t want to have to pull over to the side of the road because your car is having trouble. Another car may drift off the road slightly and hit you, and you can also be at risk if you have to leave your car. Even something as small as windshield wipers that are worn can cause an accident if you can’t see well in heavy rain.
Don’t drive when you’re drowsy
If you find yourself feeling drowsy, pull over to a safe, well-lit area and walk around for a few minutes. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
Drive conservatively and defensively
Excessive speed and quick moves can be dangerous. Be extra cautious when changing lanes, making sure you use your signals and allow enough space and time so you can safely make your move. Be aware of any blind spots, and leave enough distance between you and the traffic in front of you so you can stop suddenly if needed.
Be careful at intersections
Be aware of other drivers’ behavior at intersections. Look out for drivers who run through yellow or red lights, and make sure you yield the right of way when turning right on red.
Avoid the left lane
Traffic in the left lane is often faster, and most highway accidents occur in this lane. Driving in the center or right lane lets you avoid faster, more aggressive traffic. It also lets you have more options if you need to change lanes or pull off on the shoulder of the road.
Avoid nighttime driving when possible
Driving at night limits your vision, making it harder to see other cars and potential hazards. In addition, you’re more likely to be drowsy or encounter other drivers who are also sleepy or who have been drinking.
Watch out for deer
Especially during the months from October through December, be aware of deer who are on the road. They’re especially active at dawn and dusk, so be particularly vigilant during these times. It can also help to drive in the center lane if possible, so you have more time to react if a deer suddenly comes from either side.
Some car accidents are unavoidable, but by following these easy precautions, you can avoid many dangerous situations.