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July 13, 2007

14 miles of hell – no more

One of the most important car accident prevention tip is to be aware of blind spots. While your rearview and side mirrors are vital in outlining the view behind your vehicle, don’t rely on them entirely. Always turn around to look over your shoulder, this will ensure that you aren’t missing something undetected by your mirrors. You should also be aware of the blind spots for other drivers on the road, and try to stay out of them as much as possible.

2. Avoid Distractions

Did you know that there were approximately 4,637 car accidents in the US alone due to cell phone use? Numerous drivers use their time behind the wheel to multitask, whether this involves eating, using their cell phones, or having an in-depth conversation with a passenger. These distractions can take your focus off of the road and maybe detrimental to your response times in the event of an emergency. It is critical to stay focused on the road and to especially avoid cell phone use while behind the wheel in order to prevent dangerous car accidents from occurring.

3. Keep Children Seated

It is important to have your child sitting in a proper safety seat at all times while in the vehicle. Children that are fighting or climbing between seats can cause potentially dangerous distractions that may result in an accident. Have your kids bring quiet activities that will keep them occupied throughout the drive. It is a great way to prevent accidents and keep the driver focused on the road.

4. Never Drive While Tired

Sleepiness can decrease awareness, impair judgment, and slow reaction times, all of which can increase your risk of an accident. If you’re tired, pull over to a safe location to take a nap, or put off your trip until you are feeling well-rested. Driving while your senses are awake is crucial for preventing serious car accidents from happening.

5. Check Your Tires

To help ensure your safety while driving, it is important to make sure that your tires are inflated properly. Check the tire tread, like a worn-out tire will increase your risk of a blowout, and they will impair your vehicle’s ability to stop suddenly.

6. Never Drink and Drive

Drinking and driving is a dangerous and potentially lethal combination. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, nearly one-third of all fatal car accidents involve an intoxicated driver. With each passing year, almost 13,000 people die as a result of alcohol-related accidents. So if you have had a few drinks, stay off the road to protect yourself and other motorists.

7. Follow the Speed Limits

Another car accident prevention tip is to follow the speed limits. Often times, drivers will surpass the speed limit for various reasons. Speed limits are put into place to help you stay in control of your vehicle. Going any faster than the posted speed limit can be hazardous, especially for new drivers. It is also important to remember that speed limits are determined based on ideal conditions, so even driving the speed limit can be dangerous during inclement weather.

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