Regardless of how safe of a driver you are, there is always a risk of an accident. There are millions upon millions of drivers in the United States and there are about 6-million car accidents each year. Fortunately, many accidents in Longwood, FL are simply small fender benders that do not result in injury; however, about one in every thirteen accidents does become a fatality. With just a little preparedness and safety habits, you can begin to avoid the risk of accidents. Here are just 3 tips to help you avoid car accidents.
Always Check the Rearview Mirror When Coming to a Stop
Whether you are driving in heavy traffic with a lot of stopping and going or you are slowing down for a traffic signal or stop sign, always check your rearview mirror before coming to a full stop. Leave at least 4 car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you when checking your mirror. One of the most common causes of rear-end collisions is due to drivers not paying attention or slow reactions to the vehicle in front of them. By being aware of the driver behind you, you may have the opportunity to swerve out of the lane and avoid a rear-end collision, but always be sure it is safe to swerve over before doing so.
Avoid Right Lanes in Merge Areas
The right lane is typically meant for slower moving traffic; however, it is also the lane that is generally used for merging traffic. As drivers are merging onto a road, they often look ahead of them, to their side and behind them-this is a lot of distraction. If you are in the right lane while other drivers are merging into traffic, you may be at risk of getting rid by a merging vehicle. So, try to avoid right lanes at these times by moving over to the left, and then you can safely move back to the right lane after passing the merge.
Be Aware of Blind Spots
Properly adjusting the side mirrors and the rear-view mirror helps you have a good view of the area behind you but doesn’t always allow you to see everything. To avoid an accident due to a blind spot (an area not visible in the mirrors), you should turn your head and look directly into the lanes that are beside of you. Also keep in mind that other drivers also have blind spots, especially large equipment vehicles and semi-trucks, so be aware of those around you and their driving as well.
In many situations, an accident can be avoided by simply being aware of your surroundings and acting accordingly. Keep in mind that not only are auto accidents dangerous, but they may also increase your auto insurance policy. Avoiding accidents is the best way for you to stay safe and keep your premiums at a minimum.
Residents of Longwood, FL interested in reviewing their current auto insurance policy or upgrading their policy should contact Express Insurance.