5 Common Causes Of Car Accidents and How You Can Avoid Them
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen every 60 seconds. This means there are roughly 5.25 million accidents across the nation every year.
In many cases, car accidents can be easily avoided. Most drivers do not realize what signs to look out for when behind the wheel. Below are five of the most frequently occurring car collisions. When you are aware of the cause, it is easier to steer clear of getting involved in a wreck yourself.
1. Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a category that entails performing any task while operating a vehicle that can cause you to stop paying attention to the road in front of you. Distracted driving commonly manifests itself as texting while driving, fiddling with the radio, eating, or conversing with another passenger.
To protect yourself from distracted driving, you must remember that your most important task as the driver is to ensure that you are doing everything you can to reach your destination safely. Remove any distractions, and keep conversation topics to things that will not cause heated discussions.
2. Driving Over the Speed Limit
It is not unusual for a driver to zoom past us while on the interstate. Drivers frequently drive 10-20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. However, most people either do not realize or refuse to acknowledge that the faster you drive, the slower your reaction time is. If you are excessively speeding, the odds are not in your favor for a collision to be avoided whatsoever.
To lessen the chances of a wreck due to speeding, simply do not speed. Drive the speed limit that is posted for the safety of yourself and the other drivers around you.
3. Driving Under the Influence
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is incredibly dangerous and can land you into a load of trouble. When you abuse a substance and decide to drive, your senses and cognitive functions are severely dulled, compromising your capabilities.
If you decide to drink, make sure you have a designated driver to take you home or call a Lyft, Uber, or taxi. If you see someone on the road that you believe may be drunk, call 911 immediately and report the vehicle.
4. Bad Weather
Heavy rainfall explicitly causes an exponential amount of wrecks. Water makes the roads slick, and it requires drivers to be extra careful and add more caution to their regular driving habits. Too much faith is commonly placed in the tires of your vehicle during a storm, and chances are they will not be sticking to the roadways as they should.
If you are stuck in a rainstorm, either drive with your hazards and go extraordinarily slow or pull over until it is safe to resume driving again. Taking extra precautions and time to get to your destination is a far better option than hydroplaning and wrecking your car.
5. Reckless Driving
Weaving through traffic, cutting off other drivers, tailgating, turning improperly, and running through intersections are various examples of reckless driving. These behaviors can cause serious ramifications and should be avoided at all costs.
If you see another driver behaving this way, slow down and provide a lot of extra space between you and them. Protect yourself and others around you and call 911 if their driving poses a serious threat or danger to people on the roads.
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