Since the majority of Philadelphia car accidents are caused by driver distraction and irresponsible behavior, most accidents can be avoided. Take preventative measures by following these 8 steps and you'll go a long way in making sure you steer clear of an accident.
1. Keep Your Vehicle in Tip Top Shape
Worn out tire treads and bad brakes are definitely things that can make an accident more likely to happen. Even smaller items, such as windshield wipers, always need to be in working order. An unexpected rainstorm and wipers that don't work properly are a dangerous combination. Make sure all maintenance on your vehicle is kept up.
2. Put Away the Cell Phone
Texting should never be an option when behind the wheel of a car. If you absolutely have to make a call or send a text, pull over in a safe location.
3. Use Turn Signals
This is a simple, but good habit to get into to avoid accidents. Sometimes just seeing your blinking light will be enough to alert another driver and keep him from rear-ending you when you're slowing down to turn. Remembering to shut off the turn signal after you've turned is just as important.
4. Drive Defensively
This means anticipating trouble before it happens. If you see someone driving erratically or speeding, it's best to back off and keep your distance. Driving defensively also means remaining alert, scanning the road, and being aware of any blind spots. Finally, don't hit the gas the second the light turns green. People in a hurry too often run red lights.
5. Don't Drink and Drive
After years of public awareness regarding drunk driving, this should go without saying. However, many people still feel they can have a few drinks and drive safely. While you might not be legally drunk after only a couple of drinks, it's simply not worth the risk. If you know you're going to be drinking make sure to have a designated driver.
6. Obey the Speed Limit
The speed limits on certain roads may seem unreasonably low, but they're at that limit for a reason. Sometimes roads are narrow, hilly, or bumpy. In school zones or residential areas children can dart out unexpectedly. Always following the posted speed limits will not only keep you from paying potentially high speeding fines, but may help you avoid an accident.
7. Don't Tailgate
According to Roads & Maritime, 25 percent of all collisions are rear-end crashes. You need to have enough room between yourself and the vehicle in front to make a quick maneuver to avoid a collision. Most experts recommend the three second rule when traveling behind another car.
8. Avoid Driving at Night
Your vision is obviously limited at night. It's also the time when the most drunk drivers and drug impaired individuals are on the road. Approximately 60 percent of all fatal crashes happen between the hours of midnight and 6 am.
If you or a loved one sustained injury in a car crash, call one of our Philadelphia car accident attorneys today.
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