We at Collision 24 know much drivers in Brockton, Randolph and Stoughton prioritize safety when they’re driving. While accidents can happen, there are many ways that you can prevent them before you even get on the road.
To help drivers in the area properly prepare before they drive so they can reduce their chances of being involved in an accident, we’ve put together this detailed preventative accident checklist. Read ahead to learn about what you should do to be as safe as possible on the road!
Every time you go to get in the car, the first thing you should do is a visual check of all four of your tires. If one of your tires is flat for whatever reason and you try to drive on it, it can severely damage your vehicle or, worse, cause you to wreck your vehicle.
Even if you have a tire pressure monitoring system, doing a visual check could also prevent you from running over sharp items that you could run over when you go to pull out.
One more thing you should do before you actually get into your vehicle is to peek into the backseat through the window. Walking around your vehicle to look at your tires will reassure you that no one is hiding and waiting to get into your vehicle when you unlock the doors.
However, this won’t help if someone has already broken into your vehicle and is hiding in the backseat. So, look in through the window before you get in just to be sure.
Signals and Lights
Once you’re in the driver’s seat, turn the car on. After you check the dashboard for any dashboard warning lights, you’ll want to turn your lights on the make sure they’re functional. The last thing you want is to be driving when it gets dark out, find out that your lights don’t work, and not be able to see the road in front of you.
The next thing you’ll want to check for functionality is your windshield wipers. Along the same lines are you headlights, not having your windshield wipers in a situation when you desperately need them could cause a very serious accident. Rain can often be blinding so you’ll need your windshield wipers in where situations.
Before you start driving, you need to put your seatbelt on and make sure that everyone else in the car has their seatbelts on. Seatbelts save thousands of lives a year when people are involved in accidents. So, it should go without say that these are necessary in order to keep yourself safe on the road.
Car Doors and Trunk
Driving with one of the doors or the trunk open may not seem like a huge deal. However, if you or one of your passengers leans on a door that’s open while you’re going at a fast speed, this could end in the worse way imaginable. Luckily, you’ll get a light on your dashboard if one of these doors are ajar so you can secure them before you get on the road.
The last thing you need to do before you get driving is to secure your cellphone and keep your eyes off of it if you’re the one behind the wheel. Texting and driving is often more dangerous and fatal than drinking and driving. If you need to make a call or answer a text message, utilize the hands-free technology available to you or pull over.
With this guide, drivers in Brockton, Randolph and Stoughton are ready to drive safely! If you have any questions about our checklist or are having problems with any of these parts of your vehicle, give us a call at Collision 24 and we’d be happy to help.