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100 ways to avoid an accident

Monday, June 18, 2012

  1. Look through windshield in the vehicle ahead of you to see what traffic is doing.
  2. Leave at least three car lengths between you and the vehicle ahead of you to give ample time for sudden braking.
  3. Keep car up-to-date on maintenance as to avoid any dangerous mechanical mishaps.
  4. Check tire pressure each time you gas up your car.
  5. Restore yellowed headlight lenses, to brighten headlights for night driving.
  6. Do not drive under the influence of any drug (prescription or non prescription) that impairs judgement.
  7. Get eyes checked at least once a year. Impaired vision can cause serious danger to other drivers.
  8. If you are drowsy turn a/c on blast to cool body and raise awareness.
  9. Do not eat full meals on extended drives (6 hours or more). You body expends energy digesting leaving you more tired than before.
  10. Get ample sleep before taking the wheel.
  11. Listen carefully for any mysterious noises, this could signal a mechanical malfunction.
  12. Get brakes checked every 15,000 miles. Squeaky brakes can lead to faulty stopping.
  13. Physically look out your drivers window to check your blind spot for any unseen vehicle.
  14. Stay aware of any motorcyclist on the road.
  15. If listening to music, listen at a low volume.
  16. Do not text while driving.
  17. Do not make phone calls or answer phone calls while driving.
  18. Do not physically look at MP3 player to change songs while driving wait until vehicle is stopped.
  19. Turn blinker on at least 100 ft before merging or turning.
  20. Pay attention to road signs.
  21. Follow speed limit in construction zones.
  22. Follow suggested speed for highway turns.
  23. Follow suggested passenger amount for your vehicle. Do not allow passengers to sit on laps of other passengers.
  24. Do not watch built-in video screens while driving.
  25. Do not sing with eyes closed while driving.
  26. Do not drink and drive.
  27. Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol even if you’ve only had one drink.
  28. Do no place items in rear seat that block rear window views.
  29. Clean exterior of vehicle often. Dirt and build up can decrease your visibility on the road.
  30. Replace windshield wipers every 4 to 6 months. Old wipers can decrease visibility.
  31. In cold climates, scrape ice or frost off both front and back windows before driving.
  32. In cold climates wipe any snow build up on both front and back windows before driving.
  33. Use fog lights in heavy fog. Fog lights are specifically designed to emit low amounts of light that actually help increase visibility in heavy fog.
  34. Keep passengers buckled.
  35. Children under 12 should be in a car seat in the back seat.
  36. Keep your eyes moving. Look at cars behind, in front, and next to you.
  37. Be aware of cyclists on the road.
  38. Be extra cautious around pedestrians you never know if they are paying attention.
  39. Use your turn signal for merging, turning, and passing other vehicles.
  40. Be careful around large trucks. They have large blind spots that can be very dangerous for smaller vehicles.
  41. Put your seat belt on. Statistics show seat belts increase cognitive response in drivers.
  42. Don’t gawk at cute girls or guys while driving. Turning your attention from the road to an attractive person can be dangerous for you and others around you.
  43. Look both ways at an intersection even if you have the right away.
  44. Educate yourself on roundabouts. Many roundabouts have certain lanes for cars traveling a certain degree around the roundabout.
  45. Don’t speed.
  46. Stay clear of large water puddles especially at high speeds. Water on roads can cause hydroplaning where the tires have no traction and the driver has no control.
  47. Slow down on steep roads or hills.
  48. Be aware of other drivers trying to merge. Sometimes drivers do not pay attention when merging causing serious danger to other vehicles.
  49. Stay alert in parking lots. Parking lots are breeding grounds for fender benders, keep your eyes peeled for dangerous situations.
  50. If circumstances allow don’t drive in a blizzard or heavy rain shower.
  51. Understand the driving laws and signs in your area.
  52. Be aware in areas with potential falling rocks.
  53. Be especially alert in areas with dense amount of deer, moose, and elk.
  54. Do not recline your driving seat too far back. Having an improper seat setting can delay your reaction times.
  55. Do not make out while driving. Extended periods of eye closing can be dangerous.
  56. Don’t take the wheel when sleepy.
  57. Come to a complete stop at Stop signs.
  58. Avoid the fast lane on highways. By staying in the fast lane you reduce the amount of escape routes from potentially dangerous situations.
  59. Drive with both hands on the wheel. Typically both hands should be at 9′ and 3′ o’clock.
  60. If you feel your car drifting in turns accelerate rather than decelerate. The momentum will pull you through the turn.
  61. Do not eat and drive.
  62. Do not accelerate the moment the light turns green. Wait one second, then proceed to avoid any oblivious drivers.
  63. Attend a race car class. Learn how to handle your vehicle in several ways.
  64. Attend a car safety course. Most insurance agencies give discounts for attendance to such courses!
  65. Check your rear view mirror each time you enter your vehicle.
  66. If you wear glasses or contacts, double check to make sure you’re wearing them.
  67. Turn on headlights as the day becomes evening.
  68. Avoid road rage. If you feel yourself getting upset at other cars, take a deep breathe and count to ten.
  69. Anticipate the actions of other cars around you. By anticipating their actions you can drive in a way that safest for you.
  70. Don’t drive behind trucks with items in the bed. You can never predict if or when an item is going to fall in front of you.
  71. Pull over to the right shoulder of the road as soon as possible when Police Officers are approaching with their lights on.
  72. Don’t follow high-speed chases.
  73. Slow down and stop at yellow lights when possible. However, if you find yourself approaching a yellow light in the rain accelerate through. Hard breaks in the rain can cause sliding for cars behind you.
  74. Don’t drive close to the edge of roads. Stay in the center of the lane to avoid any tire slippage.
  75. Do not hot rod or street race.
  76. Do not try to impress girls or guys by driving fast. Impressing someone won’t help you when you’re all dead.
  77. When using a GPS system be careful to watch the road. No GPS system is perfect.
  78. Do not accelerate your vehicle to jump hills.
  79. Purchase auto insurance. Statistics show that those who drive uninsured, drive more recklessly than those who are insured.
  80. Drive with a valid drivers license.
  81. If driving a motorcycle use your hand to signal lane changes or turns in addition to your turn signal on your bike.
  82. If driving a vintage vehicle from 1970 or before, know your limits.
  83. Avoid distractions while driving.
  84. When entering your car, remind yourself that you are not invincible and all powerful. You cannot control other drivers.
  85. Drive carefully in windy climates. Extreme wind can discombobulate a driver.
  86. Don’t change lanes when there are two yellow lines or two white lines dividing the lane.
  87. Don’t pass vehicles on hills or turns.
  88. If Progressive® has taught us anything it’s watch out for mayhem.
  89. Do not drive barefoot. Your bare feet have an easier chance of slipping on the pedals.
  90. Do not place any items on the floor of the drivers side. Items can roll under the pedals and prevent you from using them when needed.
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