It is a sad and tragic statistic, but each and every year approximately 30,000 Americans die in car accidents. These accidents are caused by a wide range of factors, but the reality is, accidents are accidents, which means they are avoidable. Driving is an inherently dangerous act, which makes it important to take as many safety precautions as possible. In our next two blogs, we are going to look at seven habits of dangerous drivers. Eliminating these habits would go a long way towards keeping everyone safe on the road.
There is a direct correlation between speeding and accident severity. The faster someone is going, the worse the accident is going to be. Also, speeding increase your chance of being involved in an accident because it makes it more difficult to control the car and because there is less time to perform evasive maneuvers should something unforeseen occur. Avoid speed at all costs.
- Forgetting Tire Maintenance
Tire maintenance is an important part of vehicle safety. Some drivers go months or even years without paying attention to the condition of their tires. Worn or underinflated tires have less grip on the road, meaning the driver has less control over the vehicle. Worn tires are also more prone to suffer tire failure. Tire blowouts are a common cause of accidents.
- Failure to Yield
Yield signs exist for a reason. They are not just the sad, easy to ignore cousin of stop signs. It is important to know all the rules associated with yield signs. When approaching a yield sign, slow and look for oncoming traffic. Through traffic always has the right of way. When merging onto a highway, it is important not to pull in front of other vehicles which are traveling at high speeds.