Auto accidents are inevitable with all the cars on the road. However, we as drivers can all play a part in lessening the chance for an auto accident. Some of the things to remember before starting to drive are as follows:
- Do not speed. Any time you increase the speed over the designated speed limit, you are increasing the chance of an auto accident. The department of transportation of the state of Florida states that the primary purpose of speed limits is to provide improved safety by reducing the probability and severity of crashes. A speed limit sign notifies drivers of the maximum speed that is considered acceptably safe for favorable weather and visibility. It is intended to establish the standard in which normally cautious drivers can react safely to driving problems encountered on the roadway.
- Do not follow too closely. Keeping a safe distance between other vehicles allows time for you to brake in emergency situations. According to the Florida Drivers Handbook you have to keep a minimum following distance of three to four seconds with an additional second for any unusual weather or traffic conditions.
- Inspect your car on a regular basis: make sure your brakes are working and your tires are properly inflated. When your car is inspected regularly, you are reducing the chance of an accident due to a defect.
- Make sure to use your turning signals. There are drivers out there who follow too closely and using your turn signal can indicate to other drivers that you will be slowing down and turning.
- Be aware of your blind spots. As you may know, your vehicle has certain blind spots. You should know of them before you start driving. Always turn your heard to make sure the road is clear before turning, entering, or changing lanes.
- Keep your eyes on the road while driving. Do not use your phone to text or call while driving. According to the CDC each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.