TodayApril 15, 2022

Top 5 Causes of car crashes and auto accidents

How To Prevent car accidents

As a car owner, auto accidents are something you don’t want to think about when you’re driving. But, the sad truth is nobody knows if you’re ever going to find yourself involved in one. One thing’s for sure, though: auto accidents can happen due to complacency.

You’re likely here reading this blog post because you want to make sure you can avoid being the cause of the top five causes of auto accidents. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know to keep yourself safe on the road in your car:

1. Speeding

According to the NHTSA, speeding accounted for 26% of all road traffic accident fatalities in 2017. As you can appreciate, speeding is a big problem, regardless of where you live in the United States.

Sticking to the speed limit is one obvious way to prevent auto accidents due to speeding. On highways, you could also use the cruise control function on your vehicle, if it’s fitted with one.

2. Distracted Driving

Texting or talking to someone on your mobile phone and even fiddling with the controls on your car stereo will distract you from driving. You only have to take your eyes off the road for a split second, and you could end up colliding with other vehicles!

Bluetooth car stereos enable you to use voice prompts to call people handsfree or even play your favorite music.

3. Drunk Driving

Alcohol impairs your ability to concentrate and function properly. As a result, auto accidents are highly likely to occur.

Any law enforcement officer or DUI attorney will tell you that it’s better not to have anything to drink at all if you’re going to drive later. If you’re unsure whether you’re over the legal limit, consider investing in a breathalyzer that you keep in your car.

4. Rain

There’s no denying that bad weather can make driving conditions hazardous. If you’re driving during heavy rain and your windshield wipers are on their fastest setting, visibility will be poor. Sadly, some people may drive at normal speeds or faster despite that fact.

During heavy rain, it makes sense to drive slower than usual. That’s because vehicles in front of you may brake suddenly, for example. You should also ensure that your windshield wipers are doing their job properly. Consider changing yours at least once a year.

5. Driving At Night

Did you know that one of the leading causes of auto accidents is the simple act of driving a vehicle at night time? The thing about night driving is that it can be challenging to perceive hazards on the road. Plus, it’s even worse during rain or if you encounter thick fog.

If possible, avoid driving at night. But if you must drive at night time, make sure that your headlights are working correctly. That means replacing any blown bulbs! Also, be mindful of areas outside of cities where wildlife is likely to cross the road in the dark.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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