Blog: How to Reduce Your Risk of Car Accidents on the Road
by CynthiaMadison

How to Reduce Your Risk of Car Accidents on the Road

Every year, car accidents are happening, and millions of people die. Statistics show us that about 3,290 deaths happen per day across the world.

Date:   10/28/2020 8:38:36 AM   ( 28 d ) ... viewed 23 times

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Every year, car accidents are happening, and millions of people die. Statistics show us that about 3,290 deaths happen per day across the world. Therefore, over 50 million people are injured or become disabled each year due to car accidents. Car accidents can be harrowing, scary, costly, and take a long time to recover. There are many reasons people end up injured in traffic; the number one reason is that they’re not wearing their seatbelts. Another reason might be due to chaotic driving or the less attention paid to road signs. Neither you nor anyone else owns the road, so make sure you avoid any scary and dangerous movements while you’re in traffic. However, there are some great techniques you can use to ensure that you drive safely. 

Avoid distracted driving

Distractions happen all the time; while we’re at the office, walking in the park, or while driving. But driving in chaotic traffic is such a big deal, so you shouldn’t do anything else apart from, of course, driving. However, people aren’t really aware of the fatalities they can cause in traffic due to texting, making phone calls, eating, doing makeup, or engaging in conversations with other drivers that might make you lose focus in just a second. You may see yourself as an excellent driver, but even the slightest inattention can lead to horrible accidents that might even kill other passengers or drivers. 

For this reason, making sure that you avoid distractions while driving is critical. According to studies, millions of accidents occur yearly due to phone texting or calling. Psychological studies have been made on drivers involved in car accidents, and they agreed that checking your phone while driving is extremely tempting. To cut off any habit that might put your life and others at risk while driving, make sure you put your cell phone in silent mode or even turn it off while you are behind the wheel. It’s prevalent to multitask while driving, but this is a distraction that takes all of your full attention from the road. Even those that look inoffensive can cause car crashes. So, to make sure that you aren’t carrying any risk while driving, avoid doing the following distractions:

  • Attending your kids

  • Eating

  • Drinking

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances

  • Adjusting the radio

  • Texting

  • Using the GPS

  • Putting makeup on

While these are just some of the few distractions people are doing while driving, they can be really dangerous and result in an accident with severe effects. Also, it’s also recommended to install new sensor systems in your car to help you prevent car crashes. 

Defensive driving courses

No matter how good you think you are at driving, there’s always room for more experience. Also, it doesn’t mean that you can control what happens in traffic. For example, bad weather, mechanical malfunctions, angry drivers, and road obstacles can expose you and other passengers to danger. This is the moment when you should think about taking a defensive driver course. You’ll learn safer and newer techniques and strategies that could help you be a better driver and better control your car in emergencies. These courses could also teach you tactics for managing emotional stress and fatigue. Unless you are in your first weeks or months of driving, it’s probably been many years since you last been to a course to refresh your knowledge on your driving law. Taking a defensive course can help you learn new guidelines on the road. 

Driving drunk could lead to traffic fatalities

We all have that friend who’s always drunk driving because he knows nothing’s going to happen because he’s such a good driver. But in reality, he already damaged his car several times, and luckily, he’s still alive. However, despite these superheroes who think that driving under the influence of alcohol is fine, most drivers still choose to go behind the wheel after they’ve had a couple of drinks at the bar. But anyone should avoid drinking alcohol before driving because not only the alcohol will make you lose your focus, but it also slows down your response time. According to studies, thousands of people are involved in traffic fatalities due to drunk drivers. So, if you’re going to drink, make sure that you take the Uber and go home safely. Cabs can be expensive, but your life costs much more. It’s just not worth it to drink and drive; so, don’t let yourself carried out by the wave, drink responsibly, and leave your car at home when going out. 

Watch your speed

Speed is another critical issue when it comes to car accidents. According to the National Highway and Traffic Administration, speeding is a major factor in all traffic fatalities. Speed also affects your safety when you’re driving in bad weather, on roads that are under repair, or in areas with less visibility. So, while driving over the limit, it’s indeed a big deal, so it’s not worth it risking your life or damaging your car. Also, some roads haven’t been built to have much resistance for an increased speed limit. And for this reason, you put your life and other passenger’s lives in danger. 

Wear your seatbelt 

 

Seatbelts are important because they keep you safe on the road, so it would be sad to neglect wearing one while driving. Even though you’re driving two blocks away, it’s best if you keep your seatbelt on. If you’re driving with other passengers, ask them to wear seatbelts, too. In 2017, nearly 15,000 lives were saved by seatbelts. And almost half of the people killed by car accidents in 2017 were not wearing seatbelts. Simply think: it literally takes you two seconds to put your seatbelt on. So, you don’t have an excuse not to wear one while driving. As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do to maintain safety while you’re on the road and avoid vehicle crashes.

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