Being in a collision on the road can be a harrowing experience and whether it is serious or minor, it can cause a great deal of damage, physically, mentally and of course, to your vehicle. Avoiding such an incident taking place is not always easy, you can drive safely and cautiously and still find yourself the victim of someone else’s reckless driving. You can’t plan for the unavoidable but you can ensure that you are doing all that you can to stay safe on the road. We were speaking with some Philadelphian car accident lawyers recently who spoke to us about the biggest causes of accidents on the road, here then, is how you can avoid them.
Don’t Drink and Drive
This cannot be stressed enough, not only is drinking and driving illegal but the effects of alcohol on the body impairs drivers significantly and as such, it is one of the most popular causes of road collisions each year. There is a small level of alcohol that you are allowed to drink and still take the wheel but the best practice is to avoid it completely if you are going to be driving, it is a risk that simply isn’t worth taking.
Stay Focussed on the Road
Another cause of accidents on the roads that claim many lives each year is through distracted drivers. The cause for distraction can be any number of things, from texting on their phones, to speaking with passengers behind them or even listening to loud music. It is important to remember that when you are driving a car, you are essentially in control of a potential death trap and you should treat driving it with absolute respect and caution. Keep your eyes open, always watch what other cars are doing and pay attention to road signs.
Stick to the Laws
The laws of the road are in place for your safety and for the safety of other road users, the only people who are above these laws are emergency services and it if you want to stay safe then you need to adhere to them. Speeding takes many lives each year both through collisions with other vehicles and with pedestrians. When you speed, your reaction time decreases and you have far less control over your vehicle. Stay within the speed limits to ensure your safety on the road.
Keep a Safe Distance
When driving behind other vehicles it is important that you keep a safe distance, a good rule of thumb is around 2 seconds behind. If you are in any doubt then wait until the car in front passes a road sign, count the seconds between them passing it and you, this will help you to keep the right amount of space between the two cars. The distance is there so that if the car in front needs to brake suddenly you will have sufficient time to brake and stop before going into the back of the other car.