Preventing Car Accidents
There is much that drivers can do to be safe while driving. This article provides some common causes of car accidents and how to avoid each of them.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing Car Accidents
While some car accidents may indeed be unavoidable, this is rarely the case. There are actually many
things that drivers can do in order to drive in a way that keeps them and other motorists safe while on
the road. Included here are some common causes of car accidents and how to avoid them:
If you need a reason not to text while driving, let’s start with a statistic:
drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash their car. Ever since the
advent of smart phones, many drivers feel that keeping in contact with friends
via text is a manageable activity in which to participate while driving.
Unfortunately, the truth is that texting is a major distraction to drivers and
accounts for many of the 6,000 cell phone-related driving deaths that occur
every year. To give a frame of reference, texting while driving is six times
more likely to end in an accident than driving while intoxicated. So simply put down the phone and
respond once you’re out of the car.
Eating while driving is usually not thought of as a main cause of car accidents,
but a study performed in 2009 determined that around 80% of all car
accidents are actually due to eating while behind the wheel. Trying to balance
a burger in one hand while holding the steering wheel in the other might
seem like an acceptable way to multitask, but studies have shown that it will
lower your reflexes and distract you from your driving long enough for an
accident to happen. While all foods prove to be distracting, the worst culprit
according to drivers is coffee. Not only can it make a mess during a car ride, but spilling scalding coffee
on yourself while behind the wheel can cause you to completely lose control of your vehicle. So practice
some self-restraint and wait until you’re walking into work to start enjoying your espresso.
It seems as if everyone has a story about driving while exhausted. In fact, over half
of all drivers say they have driven while drowsy during the past year. While it might
seem tempting to assume drowsiness is just something we can will ourselves to
overcome, the fact is that we don’t fully understand its effects. Many people think
that if they can just stay awake while driving, they’ll be fine. However, drowsy
driving doesn’t always refer to people who fall asleep at the wheel. Drowsiness
hinders reflexes, awareness, and decision making, even if it seems like you are just
as capable as normal. So make sure to get enough sleep and eat appropriately in order to ensure you
aren’t drowsy when driving.
Some car accidents will inevitably happen. And thanks to car insurance in the Thousand Oaks area, we
have a way to take care of those. However, to protect yourself from the overwhelming majority of
preventable traffic collisions, follow these tips to keep you, your family, and your fellow motorists safe.