How to minimise your chance of getting into a car accident?
Accidents are not only dangerous and expensive but also frustrating as it can really mess with your life and routine. From medical charges to the cost of a breakdown recovery service in London and Surrey, car repairs and new parts.
As humans, every time we get behind the wheels of a car, it’s our responsibility to do everything we possibly can to safeguard our lives and the lives of other passengers and motorists that are around us. This is of course achieved by driving safely and by the rules set out by the government. No matter if you’re just driving in your neighbourhood or taking a road trip with your friends or family, there are some really important precautions that you should take to minimise the risk of getting involved in an accident.
In this article, we’re going to discuss those details so let’s dive right into it.
- Understand distractionsThe most important and biggest factor responsible for accidents is distractions. From our phones to the radio, our lovely kids in the car, the number of distractions in our lives is endless. When we drive, it’s only safe not to text, chat or even talk on the phone. Fiddling with the radio is also another huge issue that can cause distraction and therefore increasing the risk of an accident. If you must do these things, then it’s always better to stop by the roadside and do what you need to do before getting back on the road again distraction-free. The road should be given 100% since there are people about, other cars about and therefore the risk of accident.
- Know your blind spotsAnother important factor responsible for a number of accidents each year is not knowing your blind spots and missing an approaching motorist or person. This is especially important when you’re travelling to an area that you’re unfamiliar with. It’s always best to first scan the area, know your blind spots and then make a move. To do this, you need to make sure your mirrors are in their correct positions and you can see as much as possible. Doing this will also ensure that when overtaking, driving and before changing lanes, you can see as much as possible and aware of any approaching motorist or person.In addition, you should avoid blind spots caused by other drivers, especially truck drivers with limited view. If you’re behind a truck, limit the time you are blinded by them by trying to overtake them as soon as it’s safe to do so.
- Limit your driving at nightIt doesn’t matter how good of a driver you are or how perfect your eyesight is. Driving at night is difficult and you always carry a higher risk of accidents. It is not enough that visibility is reduced but there is a risk of running into a drunk driver. If you have to drive at night, make sure you are extra vigilant and looking out for drunk reckless drivers.
- Avoid the fast lane where you canThere’s a lot of studies that suggest that most accidents on the highway happen on the fast lane. This is because most drivers who are on that lane are often speeding and therefore at a greater risk of being involved in an accident. Therefore by avoiding the fast lane, you’re only reducing the risk of being involved in an accident.
- Avoid assumptionsAssuming and imagining things can bring them to reality. If you assume things, you might end up in a potentially dangerous situation. You should always do your checks without assumption. Never assume that the other driver will brake or turn. Never assume that the other driver has forgotten to turn off their indicator. You should always make sure you check both sides before proceeding at a junction. Drunk or distracted drivers can run a red light and hit you, it’s always better safe than being sorry.
- Regularly service your carAnother important precaution is regular servicing your vehicle. This will ensure your car is in tip-top condition, but also enables the mechanic pinpoint areas in your car that need attention. This alone will minimize the chances of sudden car breakdowns and potential hazards of accidents.
We hope that you never run into a breakdown or accident situation. However, if you ever do un an unfortunate event, we’re here to help get you back on the road or take your car to the nearest garage to be repaired. We’re based in Surrey and cover Surrey & London transporting vehicles all around the UK. If you’d like to hire us for a service, then please get in touch