Preventing Injuries and Automobile Accidents

The following tips may prevent you from becoming a statistic:

  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t ride with anyone who has had too much to drink; offer to be a designated driver.
  • Never drive when fatigued. The dangers posed when fatigued are similar to those when intoxicated. A drunk or fatigued driver has slowed reactions and impaired judgment. And a driver who nods off at the wheel has no reactions and no judgment.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Minimize distractions, such as reading newspapers or talking on the cell phone when driving. Drivers using cell phones are four times more likely to have an accident than other drivers.
  • Steer clear of aggressive drivers. Aggressive drivers may be responsible for more deaths than drunk drivers.
  • Don’t encourage aggressive drivers. Losing your temper could worsen the situation.
  • Properly maintain your vehicle. Tune up your car according to its maintenance schedule, and inspect the tire conditions on a monthly basis
  • For every 10 miles per hour of speed, leave at least one car length space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Maintain a constant speed.
  • Adjust mirrors properly and check the side and rear-view mirrors regularly.
  • Take defensive driving classes to improve your ability to drive and to be better prepared for the unpredictable behavior of other motorists.
  • Proceed with great caution through intersections, which is where most accidents occur. When entering an intersection, look left, then right, then left again to ensure the area is clear.
  • Be sufficiently aware of road conditions.
  • Be visible—keep your lights on at dusk and dawn and during rain, as is the law in most states.
  • Understand basic vehicle dynamics, such as knowing how to recover from a skid.

 

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