You can never tell what’s going to happen next while on the road. Accidents come out of nowhere, so it’s better to be cautious and alert at all times. With that in mind, here are ways to avoid causing or getting into an accident:
- Slowly and carefully pull into traffic. Watch your left and right and your blind spots.
- Don’t over-speed.
- Don’t rush into an intersection at the green light. Some motorists try to beat the red light, and they may ram into your car.
- Remove distractions. If you must answer a call (and your car isn’t equipped with a hands-free communication system) see if it’s safe and legal to pull to the side. If not, let it go to voicemail.
- Look ahead. Don’t focus on the car in front of you alone. Know what’s going on several cars ahead so you can react sooner if anything happens.
- Be careful when driving at night or in bad weather. Nighttime is also the time when people are exiting bars, likely drunk. Know the areas to avoid. Use your headlights in bad weather even if it’s day. If visibility is nearly zero, pull over to a gas station or a parking lot.
Even if you practice these and other techniques just to avoid an accident, one can still happen to you. That’s because you don’t control all the factors that may cause an accident: a drunk driver, a tire blowout, a hailstorm, etc. For this reason, it’s also important to know what to do in case you are ever in an accident.
- Always keep a first-aid kit in your vehicle and know how to use all of its contents.
- Take a moment to check yourself for injuries. Shock may prevent you from immediately feeling pain.
- Check your passengers (if any) for injuries.
- Check the other driver and their passengers.
- Do not argue with the other driver, whoever you may believe was at fault.
- Call the police, your insurance adjuster, your family, and your Springfield, IL auto accident lawyer.
- Get contact information from the other driver and write it down in a notebook you should have in your car at all times. Get their insurance contact number, as well.
- Get the names and contact information of any possible witnesses. Passengers in the cars involved don’t count as witnesses.
- Unless you need immediate medical assistance, don’t leave the scene of the crash until everyone else has left.
It matters how you prepare for a drive, to avoid accidents. You should, however, also learn how to react and what to do if you find yourself in a fender bender.