5 common accidents and how to avoid them
Car accidents happen every day, however, wintertime driving seems to bring extra challenges, from wet conditions to ice and snow on the roads.
To help avoid an accident, it is important to understand some of the most common causes and how to avoid them. By following these easy recommendations, you can help reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.
Hydroplaning happens when the tires of your vehicle begin to ride on top of standing water instead of the surface of the road.
Slowing down makes it easier for the tires to connect with the ground. Also, keep your tires in tune and choose high-quality tires that are designed to prevent hydroplaning. Never use your vehicle’s cruise control function while it is raining or while driving on wet roads. If you do find yourself in a hydroplane situation, the best thing to do is stop accelerating, avoid stomping on your brakes, and slowly come to a stop.
To avoid rear-ending another vehicle because of inattention, keep a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you. Get into the habit of checking your mirrors frequently as you drive. Make sure your cell phone is safely put away and focus your attention to the road and your speed.
Hitting a parked car
Regardless of how minor it might seem, a parking lot accident still counts as a collision. When you’re backing up in a parking lot, turn around to check for other vehicles instead of relying on your rear-view mirror or backup camera. Become familiar with the size of the vehicle you are driving and avoid pulling in close to other cars.
Depending on the size of the animal, a collision with your car can cause serious vehicle damage. Although it’s impossible to predict when an animal may dart onto the road, paying attention to posted caution signs, using high beams at night, and staying within the speed limit can help you avoid an accident.
These types of accidents are especially dangerous because the sides of vehicles have less space to absorb energy and shield passengers. Look both ways for oncoming cars when you have the right of way and make sure to stop at red lights and stop signs.