Crash-Prevention Tips

Web DesingThe best way you can avoid collision repairs is to avoid crashes in the first place. Here are some tips to help you keep safer on the road:

  • Slow down. Stay under the posted speed limit if it’s too fast for existing conditions, especially if it is dark, raining, snowing, or if you are in an unfamiliar area.

  • Don’t tailgate. Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead so that you can stop in time if they slam on the brakes.

  • Don’t drive distracted. If you’re traveling with someone else, ask them to adjust the radio or air conditioning. Don’t talk on the phone or text. Studies show that even with a hands-free unit, your driving ability is compromised.

  • Don’t drive drowsy. On long trips, take a break at least every two hours. If you feel tired, stop driving and take a nap or find a hotel for the night. Caffeine can promote short-term alertness, but it is not a replacement for restful sleep. Be mindful of any medications that you are taking that may cause drowsiness.

  • Know your limits. As you get older, your night vision, peripheral vision, and reaction time decline slowly over time. Don’t drive at night if it makes you uncomfortable. Increase the distance you allow between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Schedule appointments so you’re not on the road during rush hour. These are also good suggestions for newer drivers.

  • Think ahead and signal early. Don’t wait until the last minute to get in the proper lane to exit or make a turn. Use your turn signals early to give other drivers plenty of notice.

  • Head off road rage. Change lanes when you can to give merging drivers room. Let others pass you. Use caution when changing lanes. Don’t retaliate if others drive aggressively.

  • Dim your lights. Turn the high beams down if you’re behind another car or a vehicle is coming your way.

  • Avoid night driving. Traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day because visibility is reduced, and because you are more likely to encounter drowsy and/or drunk drivers on the road.

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