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Car accidents happen all the time, and no one ever means for them to occur.
You never know when an accident might happen, but you might know what could cause your next accident. There are a few very common causes of accidents, and you should know what they are and how to avoid them before you end up in the next one.
People are always in a hurry, and it never goes well for them. If you’re late and you want to get where you need to go, you should let it go and be late. You can’t change that right now, and speeding isn’t going to make it easier on you and you probably won’t get there fast enough for speeding to make a difference. Next time, leave a little bit earlier. Try prepping to leave the house the night before, being more organized, or getting up earlier to make this possible.
If you’re not going to make a light, don’t try. If you find yourself wanting to speed up so you can make it through a yellow light, chances are good you are not going to make it or that you will cause problems even if you do make it. Most of the time, there is someone in the middle of the intersection waiting to turn left, and you may hit them, or they may hit you. Even if you manage to avoid each other, they could be left sitting there when the light turns green for cross traffic. This is a very dangerous situation, one that could be avoided if you wait for the next light, so they can get out of the intersection.
Cell phones, music, texting, eating, and putting on makeup all cause a lot of distraction. If you’re someone who cannot concentrate when there are other people in the car, stop offering them rides. Put your phone in the back so you’re not tempted to answer it or respond to texts, leave the music alone, or pull over to handle your business before you get back on the road. When you look away from the road, you might not notice another car braking in time, or you could easily drift without noticing it. When you are behind the wheel, you need to give all of your attention to the road.
The best thing you can do if you’re drinking is to not drive. That could mean getting a ride home from a sober friend or calling an Uber. Whatever you do, don’t get behind the wheel. It’s never a good idea to drink and drive, even when you think you’re good to go. Your reactions are slowed, and your judgment is impaired. And if you do hit someone, you are more likely to flee the scene of the accident, either because you just don’t notice, or you are worried about getting arrested. It’s never worth it to drink and drive.
It’s easy to avoid making mistakes on the road that could cost you your license or put you in a position where you're involved in an accident. Use your common sense, don’t make mistakes, and make good choices. If you question a decision, it’s probably not a good one.