When people get in their cars to drive, they are usually thinking about where they need to go and what they need to do when they get there. People may know in the back of their heads that there is a possibility they could be in a car accident, but it is not something they expect – or maybe even consciously consider.
There are many aspects of driving that drivers can control and some that they cannot control. One of the main aspects of driving that drivers cannot control is other drivers’ actions on the road. Sometimes drivers are unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time, and there is nothing they can do. However, drivers can do certain things that will give them a better chance of avoiding these unexpected accidents. These include:
One of the most important things drivers need to avoid is distractions. When most think of distracted driving, they think of talking on a handheld phone, texting or even sending an email while behind the wheel. However, distractions can include anything that averts a driver’s gaze from the road or attention from the task at hand, including:
- Eating or drinking
- Trying to pick up objects within the vehicle
- Talking with other passengers in the vehicle
- Putting on makeup
- Fiddling with the radio or navigation system
Drivers should attempt to limit any distractions that may force them to take their eyes off the road or take their hands off the steering wheel.
Avoiding drunk driving or other reckless driving
Drivers also need to not drive after consuming alcohol. Being under the influence of alcohol makes it much more difficult to concentrate and react to what is happening on the road. Drivers also should drive at a safe speed for the conditions and give themselves plenty of room between their vehicle and the vehicle ahead of them. Another tip is to pay attention to the surroundings when parking or pulling out of parking spaces.
If drivers use the techniques mentioned above, they will certainly reduce their likelihood of being involved in a car accident. However, these tips unfortunately cannot guarantee avoidance of all accidents. If drivers are injured through no fault of their own, they may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. This compensation can be very valuable, and consulting with an experienced attorney could be beneficial.