Anytime you get into your vehicle and drive somewhere, you are greatly increasing your chances of being injured, just by that single act. In the United States over 2 million people are injured in car accidents every year. Obviously you don’t want to be one of those people, and you don’t want those riding with you to be part of that statistic either. Here are 5 precautions you can help you avoid being in a car accident.
Obeying the Rules of the Road Can Help Prevent Car Accidents
This may seem like a simple and obvious precaution, and it is. The purpose of things like traffic lights and stop signs and one-way signs is to keep all drivers on the same page. If you know when another vehicle is going to stop and when they are going to go, it makes not colliding with them much easier.
Although they allow for a greater range of behavior, speed limit signs work much the same way. They create parameters that everyone – usually – stays within, giving other drivers a greater opportunity to predict what another driver is going to do. Excessive speed also greatly cuts down a driver’s reaction time.
Focus on the Task of Driving
Again, when you think about it, this is a fairly obviously thing to do when operating a motor vehicle. But millions of drivers fail at it every day. It’s so easy to take your eyes off the road or to shift your focus momentarily while your car is in motion. But even the briefest lapse of concentration can lead to an accident, especially when you are on the interstate driving at high speeds.
Put Your Phone Away
This precaution relates heavily to the second and – in many cities and states – the first precaution as well. Any distraction while driving is bad, but as people increasingly rely on their smart phones for things like directions, music and instantly communicating with anyone, anywhere, anytime, they have become a leading cause of car accidents.
Get Enough Sleep
There are many ways your body and your life can benefit from getting the proper amount of sleep. If you’re driving, the reaction time you gain by getting enough sleep can very well make the difference between you getting into or avoiding an accident. Without sleep there is little hope for focus.
Don’t Drink and Drive
This is something you have heard since well before you started driving for good reason. Drinking/drugs and driving do not mix. It is often impossible for someone who is drunk to have enough focus and command of their motor skills to be able to safely operate a vehicle.
Drinking takes away your judgement, physical ability and your ability to concentrate; all things you need in order to drive and avoid getting into car accidents.
If you have been in a car accident and have questions, contact the experienced accident attorneys at Jax Legal for a free consultation about your case.