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Accidents are called that for a reason: Sometimes they just happen and are unavoidable. But plenty of what we call automobile accidents actually could easily be avoided. Most accidents on the road happen because one or both drivers is doing something wrong. Here are five types of auto accidents you can avoid.
Driving while intoxicated is a crime for a reason, and it's because people who do so are a danger to others on the road. If you cause an accident while driving drunk, you have no one but yourself to blame. It's best not to drive if you have been drinking, but if you are going to, it's best to ensure you have had only a couple of drinks and to wait at least an hour after your last drink before hitting the road.
Alcohol isn't the only thing that can impair your driving and make you more prone to accidents. Many prescription drugs can impair your ability to drive, and you also can be more accident prone if you get behind the wheel when you are overly tired. You should avoid driving when tired and read all labels on your prescriptions to know whether the drug can affect you while driving.
The advent of smartphones and other small electronics has brought distractions in the car to a level never before seen. Many accidents these days are caused by people texting on their phones or otherwise being distracted by some sort of electronic gadgetry in the car. To prevent distracted-driving accidents, you should refrain from using your phone or any other device while driving.
Another good way to help avoid accidents is to keep your vehicle well maintained. When you have things on your car that don't work right, such as wipers, taillights, headlights and brake lights, you make it more likely that you could get into an accident. You also want to make sure that your tires are properly inflated to lessen the risk of a blowout.
Failure to follow posted speed limits or to heed traffic signs and signals is one of the main causes of car crashes. You can easily lower your risk and prevent accidents by following the rules of the road.
Most car accidents are preventable. By following these guidelines, you’ll increase your chances of avoiding them. While you can’t control other drivers on the road, you can at least do your duty to make the roads safer, which is really all anyone can do.