At Collision 24, we’ve been providing expert collision service in Brockton as well as for the communities of Randolph and Stoughton for years. In doing so, we’ve gotten to hear literally hundreds of accident stories ranging from the simple fender bender to major highway pileups. It would seem that despite the best efforts of today’s drivers, sometimes a collision is just completely unavoidable. But for everything else, we’ve come up with a few tips to avoid getting into an auto accident. Follow these rules and you’ll not only be safer on the roads, but so will everyone else around you.
Tip 1: Practice Perfect Posture
We’ve come a long way from the old 10 and 2, but the concept stands true. By sitting up straight and making sure you can easily reach the steering wheel and pedals, you’ll ensure a faster reaction time should you ever need to make an evasive maneuver on the fly. Not to mention, placing yourself in the proper seating position improves the effectiveness of the safety features in your vehicle should you still get in an accident.
Tip 2: Keep an Eye on Traffic Patterns
If you’re just staring at the brake lights of the vehicle in front of you, you’re seriously limiting your possible reaction time. If you can, try to keep an eye on the car in front of them at the same time. That way, if you see that traffic further up is braking suddenly, you can anticipate that the car in front of you will brake suddenly too. You can then begin to prepare yourself to slow down and come to a stop. By keeping an eye on the traffic patterns ahead and becoming aware of sudden changes, you’re more likely to avoid an accident.
Tip 3: Be Aware of Other Drivers
It sounds pretty basic, but you really need to be aware of the other vehicles around you. That includes the condition of the vehicles as well as the way the driver is acting. For instance, a vehicle that looks pretty beat up could potentially break down without warning. It could also be a sign of a careless driver. Likewise, if you notice that a driver is distracted or driving aggressively, it’s important for you to be cautious around them. Safely distance yourself from these types of scenarios and you’ll be less likely to be involved in an auto accident.
Tip 4: Know Your Vehicle
As the operator of a 4,000-lb machine, you should get to know the ins and outs of your vehicle. This includes the way it accelerates, handles, and brakes and the blind spots. Your vehicle should feel like an extension of your own body, giving you a good idea of its size and capabilities. Many accidents occur simply because drivers don’t know the limits of their vehicles. They may think their vehicle can squeeze through, accelerate fast enough, or brake soon enough when really it can’t.
Tip 5: Give It a Second
Every day, drivers zip through red traffic lights either by accident or because they’re in a rush. That’s why it’s important not to slam on the gas as soon as the light turns green, just in case. Wait a second or two and make sure that all other traffic has come to a stop before accelerating. If the person directly behind you starts laying on the horn and you notice their front bumper is missing, refer to tip number three. No one plans to get into an accident, but it can happen. For professional accident repair in Brockton, drivers from Randolph to Stoughton have chosen the collision specialists at Collision 24 for years. Schedule an appointment today.