How to Prevent Car Accidents
Every year, car accidents cause pain, injury and suffering to millions of people. While accidents by nature are “accidents”, there are some things you can do to help lessen the risk of getting into a car accident and subsequently being injured.
This one is really a no-brainer. Ever since we got our learner’s permit in high school, it’s been drilled into our heads not to drive while intoxicated. Yet millions of Americans do just that every year. The rational of most people is something along the lines of: “I’m only a few blocks from home, I can make it safe”.
They tend to forget the simple fact that when they are intoxicated, their reaction times are severely limited. As such they cannot react to avoid an accident as quickly as they would if they were sober.
Intoxicated driving is not only limited to those who consume alcohol. Prescribed medications (and drugs) are another factor. There are several classes of prescribed medications that will cause you to become drowsy. It should state on the bottle that “do not use while operating machinery”. Your chances of getting into an accident while on prescription meds are just as high when you drink alcohol.
Driving while texting
This is a relative new one. There are those of us who grew up in an era where cell phones hadn’t become quite as ubiquitous as they are nowadays. Nevertheless, studies have been performed on people who were texting while driving. It’s been shown that people who are texting while driving have the same slow reaction times as a drunk driver.
Taking your eyes off the road even for a few seconds can have unintended consequences. This is why you should only text or use your cell phone when your car is parked and the ignition is turned “off”. Several states have implemented a “no texting” law and first time violators are given a pretty stiff financial penalty.
You can help prevent accidents by properly maintaining your car. Get the oil changed when it is due, make sure your tires are not bald (and are properly inflated). If you haven’t taken your car to a mechanic in several years, nor have you performed any maintenance on it (or are unsure of when the last time maintenance was performed), it is highly advisable to take your car to a trusted mechanic for a quick check up.
Your brakes and rotors may be running on a literal thread. If you had to stop your car quickly in an emergency, there might not be enough brake pad and rotor left to stop in time.
Accidents happen when you least expect them. This is why you should take proper measures to ensure that you are not putting yourself in a daily situation where your chances of getting into a car accident are exponentially higher than everyone else.
Don’t drink and drive, save the texting for when you get to your destination and try to perform regular maintenance on your car. Follow these simple tips and you’ll lessen your chances of getting into an accident and subsequently getting hurt.