There are plenty of studies around cars and car maintenance, and one that was released recently indicated that around the country, the lack of drivers using a seatbelt continues to be the leading cause of traffic accidents across the country. In fact, back in 1999, there were an estimated 9,500 people who died unnecessarily, simply because they were not wearing seat belts. As more and more of us hit the roads in the summer, and have more congestion in this season, it is really important to make sure that you need to slow down and follow some of these tips to do your part to keep accidents out on the road a minimum.
- One of the things that you can do is to pull into traffic slowly. Make sure that you stop, look, and listen when you are a driver. Be aware of things like blind spots, including those that are in your rearview mirrors and behind windshield pillars. Also, when you approach something like an intersection and you’re looking to make a turn, make sure you check both directions at least twice before you go ahead. Cars can quickly appear and if you haven’t double-checked, then it can cause an accident.
- Do not tailgate! Not only is it going to be one of the most frustrating things when you are someone being tailgated, but it can mean less reaction time for you as a driver, so it really can increase how much you contribute to accidents happening. You might end up having to visit a Mercedes approved body shop, or whatever car you drive, if you crash into the back of the car in front of you. Give yourself a three-second cushion between you and the car in front of you, and make a conscious effort to keep that distance.
- Looking out for children or animals is something that is really important to look out for. Rightly or wrongly, children and animals can have a bit of a habit of suddenly appearing or jumping out from between things like parked cars. This is important to look out for all of the time, but especially if you are driving in a residential area; stick to the speed limit as they are there for a reason.
- The car that you drive is going to go a long way to keeping you safe, as well as being there to keep you driving well. Which is why performing regular engine maintenance is really important. This can help you to avoid things like sudden stalls or other vehicle failures that could lead to an accident. Changing the oil regularly is something that you can do, as well as checking that tyres are properly inflated.
- Be courteous to other drivers out on the road. At the end of the day, no one owns the roads, so you all need to treat each other with respect. Report suspicious driving and things going on to authorities, as well as just making sure that you aren’t super aggressive in your driving.