Accidents happen all the time on our nation’s roads. But what are the primary causes? And, can this knowledge help you prevent being involved in a crash yourself? We’re going to take a look at the main reasons why people have auto accidents. Let’s take a closer look at the top five factors that cause car crashes and accidents.
Many distractions can make it more likely you will have a crash while driving. Using a cell phone without a hands-free kit is an obvious starting point. But, there is plenty more that can have an impact on your ability to drive. Loud music is a common cause of accidents in younger drivers, for example. Drivers with upset young children in the back can be distracted by screaming and crying. And, even having a lot of chatty people in your car can increase your chances of having a crash. Try to avoid as many distractions as possible while on the roads, and focus on your driving and the cars around you.
Using a cell phone
We’ve already mentioned using a cell phone as a distraction. But, it is vital to understand the importance of not using a phone in your car. Every year, more incident of cell phone use leading to accidents is reported. And, unless you want to become another addition to those statistics, leave your phone alone. Always use a hands-free kit – or pull over somewhere safe before using your phone.
The law states that you should drive at a certain speed for a good reason. It’s not to spoil your fun – it’s to ensure that you get to your destination in one piece, and without harming other drivers or pedestrians. Make sure that you are aware of speed limits, wherever you are. Failure to do so can lead to a conviction or have your license revoked.
Drink driving is still a major issue in this country, despite the many campaigns we all see from awareness charities. And, according to Warriors for Justice, drunk driving is one of the most common causes of auto accidents. You cannot rely on your reactions after having a drink – even if you think you can. You will feel overconfident at best, and at worst will be in no fit state to drive at all. The repercussions for being caught can be extreme. You could lose your license, job, and you may even face a prison sentence. Not to mention the years of guilt that lie ahead if you were to kill someone. Don’t drink and drive – it’s just not worth it.
Collision with animals
One of the best reasons to take more care on the roads is that you never know what might fly out in front of you when you’re driving. Animals are, quite literally, everywhere, and it only takes a second for one to leap into your path. Don’t think that it is just big creatures that cause serious accidents, either. The sight of something appearing in front of you can make you turn automatically. And, the results can be deadly.