Ask Away...: Avoiding The Common Causes Of Car Accidents

Monday, April 16, 2018

Avoiding The Common Causes Of Car Accidents



I’m sure that the majority of you will use your car on a daily basis. In fact, without it, you might start to feel a bit lost! As our vehicles have now become an important part of many people’s day-to-day routines, there are quite a few drivers out there who have started to take them for granted. As a result of various types of car negligence, it increases the risk of being involved in a road traffic incident.


There are a lot of different things that can cause car accidents, from careless driving to poor car maintenance. Of course, you will want to do as much as possible to prevent you and your family being involved in an accident, so it’s always a good idea to inform yourself of the main causes of accidents so that you can then figure out what it is you need to do to stay away from them.


Here are the most common causes for car accidents at the minute - make sure you don’t get caught up in them!





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Drink And Drugs


One of the main thing that causes car crashes is a driver who is under the influence of drink or drugs. Alcohol is bad news for drivers as it will really reduce your reaction time and can also impair your senses. Even though it is ok to drive after one small glass of beer or wine, you should try and avoid alcohol altogether if you know that you will need to get behind the wheel afterwards. If you are found to be driving with too much alcohol in your blood stream, then you could be cautioned and fined by the police. They might even serve you with a DUI. Similarly, drugs can also impair your senses and reduce your reaction time, making you a big threat to other road users. So, try and always drive while completely sober!




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Being Overcautious Behind The Wheel


Some drivers like to be cautious when they are in the driver’s seat. This may be for various reasons but it is usually because they are nervous or lack the necessary confidence that driving requires. They might even be very experienced drivers and think that being cautious on the road will keep them safe. Unfortunately, though, this isn't the case, and it can actually put them in more danger. That’s because they could slow down the flow of traffic and they could even become a hazard for other drivers who try to overtake them. So, it’s good to be a sensible driver - just don’t be too cautious!





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Poor Car Maintenance


If your car isn't in a good condition, it could be very difficult to drive and will be a lot more likely to break down while you are out on the road. As a result, car owners should always take the time and effort to give their car the attention and maintenance that it needs. Don’t forget that your auto will probably need new brakes and tires after every 20,000-40,000 miles. Not replacing these will make it all too easy for the car to skid and it could also be a lot more difficult for you to bring it to a halt in enough time. At the very minimum, you need to get your tires and brakes checked on a regular basis, but don’t forget your car’s mirrors and lights as well. These all keep you safe out on the road and not having enough in place will put you and your passengers’ safety at risk.




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Speeding


Speeding is never a good idea, no matter how much of a rush you are in. In fact, you might find that if you cause a crash through speeding, your insurance provider might refuse to pay out your insurance. That means that you won’t be able to cover any maintenance or repairs with your cover. Every road that you drive down will have a speed restriction in place, and it is always crucial that you follow this and are never tempted to go over it. Doing so will only put you and any other road users that you pass at risk of being involved in a road traffic accident.




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Inexperienced Drivers


I’ve already mentioned that overcautious drivers can sometimes cause car crashes, but they actually aren’t the only drivers out there who could put other road users at risk. Inexperienced drivers, and those who have only recently passed their driving test, are also a common cause of car accidents. There are a few reasons why this is. For starters, it could be because they fall into the overcautious pack of drivers and are trying to drive really carefully because they haven’t yet had time to build up their confidence behind the wheel. But there are other incidents when a crash has been caused for the complete opposite reason - the new driver got a bit too cocky and was driving a lot faster than what they should have.




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Inclement Weather Conditions


Sometimes, there are some external factors that make for some very dangerous driving conditions and put all kinds of drivers at risk, no matter how experienced or confident they may be. Just take bad weather, for instance. Excess rain, snow, or ice could make the roads very slippy and skatey. All you would need to do is touch the brakes too heavily, and your car would slip and skid around. You may even lose all control of your vehicle. Thankfully, there are some bad weather driving courses that you might want to take. These improve your driving skills through inclement weather conditions. However, it is always a good idea to know when you shouldn’t take your car out. There might be some types of weather that make it too dangerous to drive in, and you will be a lot safer if you stick to using public transport instead.


Hopefully, now that you know what the main causes of car crashes are, you will never be at risk of causing one yourself.








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