Did you know that, in the United States, an automobile accident happens every 60 seconds?
It goes without saying, but nobody wants to be in a car accident. And while they’re impossible to avoid completely, if you know what causes auto collisions, you can better prevent them from happening to you.
In this article, we’ll tell you the 4 most common causes for car wrecks. We’ll also give you some tips on how to avoid those types of car crashes, so you can stay safe when you’re on the road.
1. Distracted Driving
The most common cause of car accidents in the United States is distracted driving. Something as simple as changing the radio station or reading a text message is more than enough to cause an accident.
Our advice? Keep your phone in the passenger seat when you drive. And don’t look at your phone unless your vehicle is completely stopped and in park.
2. Drunk Driving
Of course, driving while intoxicated is another way to cause an automobile accident.
After all, your vision and your reaction times are both affected when you’re under the influence. That means that not only is causing an accident easier but preventing an accident caused by someone else is also harder.
It goes without saying, but you should never drive while drunk. Letting someone else drive you home, or getting an Uber, is always the better option.
3. Driving While Fatigued
We get it. Driving while tired can be unavoidable sometimes, as it can be hard to tell just how tired you are until you get behind the wheel.
But if you browse link, you can see that driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving while drunk. And if you fall asleep while you’re driving, it can be a fatal mistake that you can’t take back.
Again, if you’re feeling too tired to drive, let someone else drive you. Getting a ride via another means of transportation is also better than driving while sleep-deprived.
4. Running a Red Light
If you’ve ever been cut off by someone running a red light before, you know just how scary of a situation it can be. Because when people run red lights, they usually do so at high speeds.
That means that, if you get in a car wreck caused by someone running a red light, it’s usually going to lead to injuries and a totaled vehicle or two.
The best way to avoid this type of accident is to always slow down on yellow lights and never press your luck. Also, when you’re stopped at a red light, check both ways before driving forward when it turns green, just to be safe.
Those 4 issues are the most common causes for auto collisions. But if you keep those tips we mentioned in the article in mind, and stay alert at all times, you can reduce the chances of having an accident greatly.
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