Thousands of car accidents occur in the United States each year. While the weather does cause many accidents, a large percentage of accidents are caused by poor driving or lack of attention by drivers. Edmunds recently released ten driving tips to avoid an accident. Here is what Edmunds recommends to avoid car accidents
Stay Alert of Your Blind Spots: As a driver, you need to be aware of your blind spots. Make sure to check if it safe to merge to a new lane by checking your blind spots.
Avoid the Fast Lane: Most people are not comfortable in the fast lane, so avoid it if you don’t need to drive in it. Plus, the center lane of a highway provides multiple “escape routes” in the event that you would need to take evasive action.
Pay Attention to what is Ahead: Make sure that you are alert and aware of your surroundings every time you get into the wheel. If you see trouble ahead, take proper steps to avoid the problem and continue on your way.
Know Your Car: Make sure that you know your car and your car’s limits. Do not take unnecessary evasive maneuvers that your car cannot handle; you will only end up crashing yourself. Don’t push your car to the limit.
Maintain Your Car: Believe it or not, a fair amount of car accidents could be prevented if the cars involved were properly maintained. Make sure to get regular inspections, have your tires and brakes checked, and change the oil if needed.
Avoid Driving at Night: Driving at night is the worst time to drive. It is incredibly difficult to see around you and there are plenty of drunk drivers around. If you can take a trip during the day, do it.
Judge a Person by the Condition of His/Her Car: If a person’s car is trashed, it is probably a good idea to proceed with caution around them. Large amounts of damage from possible multiple car wrecks are a bad sign.
Maintain Proper Posture: Do not drive in a slouched position. Position yourself so that you are comfortable, yet have firm control of the wheel. You should be sitting up straight.
Drive a Race Car: While this may be expensive, it will benefit you. High-performance driving schools teach evasive driving maneuvers and will greatly improve your general driving skills. Some schools even provide instruction on how to drive in poor weather.
Drive with Your Hands in the 9 and 3 O’clock Position: Many people have a tendency to drive with one arm. By driving in the 9” and 3” position, you are in the best position to respond to take action in an emergency in front of you.