4 Smart Ways to Guard Against Car Accidents

You already know the basic ways to avoid car accidents. Obey the speed limit and all applicable laws, keep your eyes on the road, maintain a safe distance between yourself and others, and only drive when you’re sober and alert enough to do so.

However, there are many other steps you can take to further minimize your chances of being involved in an accident. The following are a few noteworthy examples. Keep them in mind the next time you’re behind the wheel.

Prioritize maintenance

Accidents aren’t always the result of negligence on the part of a driver. Mechanical failures can also cause accidents.

Guard against this by scheduling regular maintenance service for your vehicle. Keep in mind that along with boosting your safety on the road, prioritizing maintenance will also ensure your vehicle stays in the best possible condition as long as possible.

Research dangerous intersections and roads

Sometimes reaching your destination requires driving in areas where accidents are relatively common. However, there are instances when you can choose a safer route without adding too much time to your trip.

Research dangerous roads and intersections in your area. You should also research roads and intersections where accidents are common when you’ll be driving in an area you’re unfamiliar with. Whenever possible, make a point of avoiding them.

Limit night driving

According to the National Safety Council, night driving accounts for only a quarter of all driving in the country. Despite this, 50% of accidents occur at night.

It’s easy to understand why night driving is more dangerous than driving when it’s light out. If you can, try to avoid driving at night.

Along with not being able to see as well, you might be drowsy if you’re driving late. Don’t get behind the wheel if you’re tired enough to fall asleep! Some experts have suggested that driving while tired is as dangerous as drunk driving.

Turn your phone off

Statistics indicate accidents resulting from distracted driving are growing more common. This is likely due to the prevalence of smartphones. 

You may think you’re disciplined enough to not look at your phone while driving. However, if you truly intend not to let your phone distract you on the road, there’s no reason not to turn it off entirely. This ensures there’s no possibility an alert, call, or text will divert your attention.

Some experts even recommend buying a car with its own GPS system or investing in an “old-school” dash-mounted system. Many drivers today rely on their phones for navigation in unfamiliar areas. They believe they have to keep their phones on to avoid getting lost.

That’s not the case. You have other options which may be less distracting than a phone.

However, there may be other reasons you feel you must keep your phone on while driving. Maybe your work involves being on-call to respond to emergencies, or maybe you want to be available in case of an emergency involving a loved one. In these circumstances, you can download apps that prevent you from texting while driving.

All that said, while applying these tips will help you minimize your chances of being involved in an accident, it’s still possible you’ll be in a car accident resulting from someone else’s negligence. That will hopefully never happen. If it does, though, strongly consider meeting with a personal injury attorney to discuss the accident. You deserve to be compensated if you’re a responsible driver who was nevertheless involved in an accident because someone else was irresponsible.