10 Jul 4 Things that Can Reduce Your Risk of a Summertime Auto Wreck
We revealed in our last blog some of the reasons that your risk of a car accident increases in the summertime. To help you combat this risk, in this blog, we’ll highlight some of the things you can do to stay safe and avoid a car accident as you drive this summer.
Want to Reduce Your Risk of a Car Accident? Here’s What You Can Do…
1 – Get your vehicle checked out/maintained.
This is important even if your vehicle was serviced about a year ago, as the heat of summer can affect how your vehicle operates. For instance, the summer heat can cause tire air to expand; this, in turn, can increase the risk of tire blowouts, especially if your tires are worn or old.
So, avoid summertime vehicle equipment failure (and resulting accidents) by having your vehicle checked out and maintained as necessary. This is important if you are regularly driving during the summer, if you are getting ready for a big summer road trip, etc.
2 – Remain focused when driving.
Distracted driving contributes to about 23 percent of all car accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Given that there are typically more travelers (including inexperienced drivers) on the roads during summer, dropping the distraction and staying focused on driving are also important to reducing your risk of a summertime car accident.
3 – Don’t drive if you are not sober or sufficiently rested.
Drunk driving and driving while fatigued are two other risky driving behaviors that can contribute to car accidents (any time of year). In fact, researchers have found that driving after 24 hours of no sleep can result in driver impairments similar to those displayed by motorists with blood alcohol contents (BACs) of 0.10, which is well over the legal limit.
So, don’t make the foolish decision to drive if you’ve been drinking or if staying awake and alert will be a problem for you. Either delay your trip or find a ride.
4 – Drive defensively.
No matter how careful of a driver you or someone you trust is, you cannot control the actions or sobriety of other drivers. So, always drive defensively. This includes obeying all traffic laws while also not expecting others to do so. By taking the defense, you can reduce your risk of collisions and, in the event an accident happens, possibly even mitigate the damage caused by the accident.
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