Car wrecks can change your entire life: financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Even if you take the most drastic measures, just by getting into a vehicle you are at risk of an accident. By taking the proper measures, you can minimize that risk greatly.
1. Keep your car in good shape and watch out for those who don’t
While you think you may be able to get a few more hundred miles on worn-down tires, a bumpy road or unexpected object on the road can cause your tire to implode, causing a wreck if you’re not able to get off the road in time. Faulty windshield wipers can decrease your visibility. Low oil levels can cause wear to your engine and over time cause your car to break apart--something that can take place while you’re on the road.
A poorly-maintained vehicle is hazardous to the driver and those on the road. Allow visible signs of wear and tears on other cars to be a warning to you. Stay away from drivers who are weaving in and out of lanes.
2. Be aware and prepared for anything
Before starting your car be sure that your mirrors are adjusted, your seatbelt is fitting you snugly across the hips and left shoulder and you are mentally prepared to deal with anything you may encounter on the road. Once on the road, avoid all external distractions. Use a wireless device for phone calls, avoid taking eyes off the road, and ensure that all items you or your passengers may need are within reach. Pull over if you need to take your hands off of the steering wheel.
Be aware of your blind spots and those of others and always use blinkers before changing lanes. Most wrecks are caused by two cars colliding while changing lanes. Holding your steering wheel at 9 and 3 o’clock gives you the best chance of maintaining control of your vehicle in the case of a collision.
3. Avoid the “fast-lane”
Many wrecks are caused by drivers who speed and weave in and out of lanes. A way to avoid these wrecks is to avoid the “fast lane”. This enables you to have access to the shoulder of the road for maneuvering if another car comes too close to yours. Aside from the danger of driving too fast, speeding lowers your gas mileage and causes significant wear to your car. Furthermore, highway patrols monitor “fast lane” drivers more closely than drivers on any other lane. For this reason, only sparingly using the left late to pass is the best policy.