How To Avoid a Car Accident Before It Happens

How to avoid a car accident before it happens
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Road accidents happen… and unfortunately, they happen often. Crashes have become such a common sight that you are bound to see an accident on almost every highway in the US. According to the stats released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 36,750 people died in vehicle crashes in 2018. The top causes of collisions, according to a survey, were drunk drivers, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt.

In fact, according to a report that came out in 2016, more people die in car crashes each year in the US than in other high-income countries. Highlighted in the same report, almost 18,000 lives could have been saved if the US had taken the necessary steps to reduce the death rate.

The troubling part about crashes is that most of them are preventable. With a focused mind, a little precaution, and the following tips, you can prevent car accidents and make roads safer in the upcoming holiday season.

Always Wear A Seat Belt

  • In 2017, seatbelts saved almost 14,955 lives. (Source)
  • Nearly 50 percent of drivers or passengers who died in car accidents were not buckled up. (Source)

According to NHTSA, seat belts can reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent. For light truck drivers, the risk is reduced by 60 to 65 percent. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce the risk of injuries during a crash. Yet, millions of drivers and passengers still do not buckle up.

Seat belts are your best defense against aggressive, drunk, and distracted drivers. Being buckled up during a vehicle crash can help keep you secure and safe inside your car because getting completely ejected from your car could be deadly.

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Avoid Distractions

  • Distracted driving claimed 3,166 lives in 2017. (Source)
  • It only takes only 3 seconds for a crash to occur after a driver has been distracted. (Source)

Any activity that diverts your attention from driving- including texting or talking on your phone, eating, drinking, talking to fellow passengers in your car, or fiddling with the music or navigation system- is a distraction. In fact, texting is the biggest distraction. Did you know that the probability of heavy equipment crashes is six times more likely when you are using a mobile phone compared to when you are intoxicated?

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Never Drink And Drive

  • In 2017, almost one person died every 48 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the US.
  • Drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year.
  • In 2010, drunk-driving deaths and damages cost $44 billion.

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When you drink or take drugs, your judgment becomes impaired and you lose the capability to function, which increases the risk of an accident. Depending on which state you are caught in, if you are caught drinking and driving you will not only be made to pay a massive fine, you could even end up going to jail and having your license suspended for at least a year. Protect yourself and fellow drivers on the road by avoiding drinking while you are on the road.

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Obey Speed Limits

  • In 2017, speeding killed 9,717 people, accounting for more than 26% of all traffic fatalities.
  • Speeding is one of the major causes of road accidents.

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Speeding is not just harmful to you, but everyone on the road. Speed limits on various state highways can range from 50 mph to 85 mph, so it is essential to make sure you’re traveling within the posted speed limit. Remember to adjust your speed when driving through adverse weather conditions like rain and snow, as well as in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Go For Defensive Driving Training

If you’re a field service operations manager or owner, imparting defensive driving 101 training to your drivers and educating them about the risks of aggressive driving can help avoid road accidents.

However, even with the most intense training and state-of-the-art safety systems, the best drivers can get into an accident. You should also let your team know the best practices to follow after an accident to properly deal with the consequences of a collision, such as injuries, paperwork, bills, and vehicle repairs.

Perform Vehicle Maintenance Regularly

Regular vehicle maintenance and vehicle inspections can prevent breakdowns. You can avoid sudden stalls or vehicle failure by checking tires, car lights, brakes, tires, and engines regularly. Make sure you have a first aid kit in the car and have sufficient insurance coverage to protect you if you are involved in an accident.

Adopt A Route Optimizer

An advanced route optimizer with GPS tracking feature can monitor the location of your drivers. If drivers speed, you will receive an alert immediately, and can then communicate to the drivers to control their speed limit, not only for their own safety but for everyone else on the road as well.

Do you have any safe driving tips to share that can help reduce car accidents? Please feel free to leave your comments below.

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