Traffic accidents occur without warning and can be stressful and expensive. Many can be avoided, however, and knowing why they happen may help prevent you from getting in one yourself. so read below to see the most common causes of traffic accidents.
Distracted driving is by far the most common cause of accidents. Whether they’re paying attention to a mobile device or eating their lunch, people are distracted. If they’ve been driving for a long time, they adopt the mindset that they can multitask while driving, and that’s just not the case. Don’t fall into this line of thinking and remember that your primary job when driving is to get from Point A to Point B.
Oftentimes, an accident may occur because the driver is unfamiliar with the area and accidentally drives in the wrong direction. If you ever find yourself in this situation, pay special attention to guide signs Washington that indicate one-way roads and freeway onramps.
We’ve all seen reckless drivers who weave in and out of traffic, tailgate and cut other drivers off, often while speeding. When you encounter a driver like this, back off and give them space in order to protect yourself and your passengers.
Driving while drunk puts your life and everyone else’s at risk. When you drink you dull your senses, slow your reaction time and impair your judgment. Before you drink make sure you assign a designated driver ahead of time or use a rideshare app to take you home.
Bad weather can be a source of accidents, as well. Wet or icy roadways can cause you to slide around and can be a hazard. You should avoid driving in bad weather entirely, if possible.
Many accidents are preventable, provided drivers are of sober mind and paying attention. Others accidents are unavoidable, unfortunately, but as long as you drive defensively, you will greatly lower your chances of being in one.
If you aren’t able to stay awake, don’t get at the wheel. According to the police incident logs that fatigue is a factor in 2percent of accidents. Some studies have suggested that fatigue may be a contributing factor in 20% of crashes.
Being tired and driving doesn’t always mean you’re driving late in the dark. It’s possible that you’re tired, or have been driving all day, or may be driving at a time where you’re usually asleep, for instance, extremely early morning. There are a few steps you can take to prevent becoming tired and a poor driver.