Friday, February 5, 2016

5 Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of A Car Accident

Auto accidents happen in an instant, but they can have long-term repercussions. Depending on the severity of your accident, you may suffer any number of undesirable consequences, including:
  • Moderate to severe physical injuries
  • Increased auto insurance rates
  • Costly repairs
  • Extensive legal procedures


Reducing Your Risk Of A Car Accident

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We have discussed the steps you should take immediately following a vehicle accident, but what are some things you can do to prevent an accident from occurring in the first place? Here are a few strategies you can use to help lower your risk of a car accident.

1. Double-Check Your Blind Spots
Never underestimate the power of your blind spots. The "blind spot" is the area next to and slightly behind your car that you cannot see in your rear-view or side-view mirrors. Before turning or changing lanes, you should always look over your shoulder to double-check that your blind spot is clear of other vehicles.

2. Look Beyond The Car Directly In Front Of You
If you think that only watching the car in front of you means you're being an attentive driver, you may need to reevaluate your strategy. You should watch the cars ahead of the car in front of you, as well, so you can anticipate future issues and be proactive as needed.

3. Eliminate Distractions
Did you know that distractions are the leading causes of car wrecks? Drivers may be distracted by any number of different things, such as cell phones, pets, children, music, food, and even their own thoughts. When you're behind the wheel, it's important to eliminate as many distractions as possible.

4. Drive With Your Hands In The 3:00 And 9:00 Positions
How do you typically hold the steering wheel? When they're comfortable, many drivers hold a single hand in the 12:00 or 6:00 position. However, driving experts recommend that you hold both hands in the 3:00 and 9:00 positions, as this allows for maximum control over the vehicle in the event that you need to react quickly.

5. Don't Drive At Night
Some people like driving at night, but the truth is that nighttime driving is not nearly as safe. Visibility is severely reduced, making it harder to see and react to potential hazards, such as pedestrians and wildlife. There may be more dangerous drivers on the road at night as well, such as those leaving parties or bars. Driving in the daylight hours is almost always a safer bet.

What To Do If You Are In An Accident

Despite our best efforts, car accidents still can (and do) happen. One of our earlier blog posts describes what to do if you are in a car accident. If you should find yourself in need of legal assistance, we hope you'll remember O'Donnell Law Center for your trusted traffic law attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. We will be here to ease your burden in any way we can.

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