Are you a high-risk driver? If so, use these three surefire ways to reduce your chances of having a car accident to remain safe while navigating your vehicle. As an insurance professional, I have found them to be the reason most drivers crash into one another.
Always look behind you.
Whether you’re at a corner store parking lot or in your own private driveway, knowing what’s behind you is vital. Most people – even highly intelligent males and females – tend to get comfortable in familiar places or merely glance in their rear view mirror when going in reverse. Big mistake! Not making sure the area is clear behind increases your risk of backing into another vehicle or worse a pedestrian. Here’s a helpful safety tip – always look over your shoulder when backing up. It helps you see past any blind spot.
Drive at a safe distance.
The space between you and another driver prevents fender-benders and a trip to the local emergency room. So, fight your temptation to ‘crowd’ behind another vehicle. Driving this closely won’t speed up traffic or inspire a slow driver to go any faster. Instead, you lessen your ability to react appropriately if the driver ahead of you stops suddenly. And, unfortunately, no excuse you give to a police officer will prevent him from listing YOU as at-fault on the accident report.
Keep your eyes on the road.
Sounds like common sense. Right? Unfortunately, many drivers get distracted by their pets, children, cell phone or the Big Mac they just bought from McDonald’s. As a result, they take their eyes off the road for a moment and when they look again, it’s too late to avoid hitting whatever’s in front of them. Distracted driving is an epidemic in America where multi-tasking is promoted within the culture.
In conclusion, the above surefire ways to reduce your chances of getting into a car accident work. Do them and improve your driving habits. Also, better protect the safety of others and yourself while on the road.
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