Car accidents occur on a daily basis on California roadways for one reason or another. Some of the accidents are fairly minor while others result in life-altering injuries. That’s why it’s best to avoid getting into these accidents in the first place.
Here are a few tips to reduce your risk of getting into a collision.
If you are going to an important destination, like work or a doctor’s appointment, you want to arrive on time. That’s why it’s a wise idea to leave at least a few minutes early. If you run into traffic or another issue, you can still make it on time. Otherwise, you may be tempted to speed, which can increase the risk of an accident.
It’s important to leave at least several feet between your car and the vehicle in front of you. Even if the vehicle in front of you is driving very slowly, you don’t want to tailgate. If you do and the vehicle has to make a sudden stop, you can rear-end that vehicle.
Obey Traffic Laws
Some people who have been driving for a while and consider themselves good drivers may ignore certain traffic laws. Don’t do this. Regardless of how experienced you are behind the wheel, you should always obey traffic laws, including making a complete stop at stop signs, yielding for pedestrians, never crossing a solid yellow line and not overusing your car horn. Following the traffic laws can reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.
Keep Your Distance from Aggressive Drivers
Unfortunately, there will always be aggressive drivers on the road. While you can’t control these drivers, you can control how you respond to them. Even if you notice drivers behaving badly, you should never point your finger, yell or act out aggressively. This may only escalate the situation. It’s best to stay as far away as you can from aggressive drivers.
Say No to Distractions
When you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle, you must keep your eyes and attention on the road at all times. Texting on your smartphone, eating and other distractions can prevent you from doing this. That’s why you have to keep these distractions out of reach.