Been In A Car Accident? 4 Ways To Prevent Another One

You've been in a car accident. You're dealing with insurance, medical and legal issues associated with that accident. You want to avoid future accidents, which means it's time to become a defensive driver. Here are some safety tips that will help you stay safe on the road.

1. Pay Attention to the World around You

While you're looking at the drivers in front of you, the world is moving all around you. Drivers are speeding behind you, cars are pulling out of parking lots to the side of you. Pay attention to the whole world around you. Scan the road in front of you and look in your mirrors at least twice every minute. This will allow you to react to potentially dangerous situations before you're involved in an accident.

2. Don't Put Your Trust in Other Drivers

You're stopped at a red light. When the light turns green, take a second to check out the oncoming traffic. Don't assume that all the drivers are going to stop at their red light. If you're entering a road where you need to merge into traffic, don't assume that traffic is going to slow down or move so that you can enter. Instead, watch traffic and adjust your speed accordingly. This will allow you to merge even if other drivers are refusing to give you room.

3. Avoid Unnecessary Distractions

You're taught to avoid using the phone while you're driving – including texting and talking. However, there are many other distractions that can take your mind and your eyes off the road. Things like loud music and in-depth conversations can also cause distractions that can lead to car accidents.

Know what your distractions are. If you have a hard time concentrating while people are talking or while loud music is playing, turn the music down and limit the conversations that go on while you're driving.

4. Know Your Car

Every car handles differently. From the way they accelerate to the way they handle the curves, they each have a mind of their own. Know your car. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the way it maneuvers through lane changes, how quickly the brakes respond, and how well it accelerates.

Knowing how your car handles will prevent surprises when you have to avoid an accident, especially if you have to swerve into the next lane, brake to avoid a collision, or accelerate quickly.

According to statistics, there are roughly 5 million car accidents each year. If you've already been in one, you can help prevent future accidents by following the tips described above.

To learn more, contact a car accident attorney like Monohan & Blankenship

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