Car accidents are not an uncommon occurrence and a lot of times they can be avoided. By understanding some of the most common causes of a crash, you can learn what to look out for and the actions you can take to help keep yourself safe on the roads. Here are 5 of the most common causes of road accidents, and some of the preventative measures you can take.
Driving in harsh weather conditions can’t always be avoided, so it’s important to understand what measures to take if you find yourself driving in bad weather. Rain and snow can cause especially bad road conditions, making surfaces slippery and dangerous for driving.
Always remember to drive at slow speeds in high gears to reduce the risk of wheel spin, and always maintain a safe distance from cars in front of you to allow yourself a bigger braking distance in case your car skids. If your car does skid, avoid reaching straight for the brakes! Though this may be your first instinct, braking can cause the car to skid even more. Instead, ease off the accelerator and gently steer into the direction your car is skidding to regain control of the vehicle. If you find that bad weather is obstructing your visibility of the road you are on or the cars around you, pull over in a safe space and wait until the weather has passed and you can see clearly before driving again. Contact your local Mazda dealership to enquire about getting your brakes serviced to ensure they are in good condition.
One of the most preventable causes of car accidents is being distracted whilst behind the wheel. Never divert your attention away from the roads by checking your phone, eating, or anything else that may distract you. Taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel even for a moment is putting yourself, your passengers and those in other cars around you at serious risk. Keep yourself safe on the roads by paying full attention at all times. If you need to make a call, only do so if there is a safe space for you to pull over and stop driving. Cars with built-in infotainment systems, like the Mazda CX 5, are designed to give directions and information through your car speakers so you don’t need to take your eyes off the road.
An obvious one, but always worth reiterating. Alcohol seriously slows down your reaction time, reduces your ability to focus and impairs your vision and hearing, so never attempt to drive if you are under the influence of alcohol. Not only are you risking your own life, but you are risking the lives of those around you. Always take a taxi or have a designated driver when you are going out to drink to avoid a potentially fatal accident.
Prevent accidents by keeping your speed within the legal limit of the road you are on. Remember that speed limits are designed to keep you safe and reduce the risk of a crash, so always be aware of the speed at which you are driving. The higher your speed when travelling, the less time you have to react to hazards or changing conditions, and the impact of a potential crash will be much greater. Avoid changing lanes at a high speed, slow down when approaching a corner or junction, and never ignore or exceed the speed limit!
Including driving at dangerous speeds, there are several factors that could make you liable for reckless driving, including tailgating, improper turns and running red lights. Make sure you are keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front of you to maintain an appropriate reaction time. If the car ahead suddenly brakes, you are less likely to cause a collision when you have kept at least a 2 second gap between you. Make sure you are using indicators to make other cars aware when you are turning and come to a full stop at all red lights or stop signs. Avoid fines and keep yourself and others safe on the roads by driving calmly, sensibly, and remaining vigilant at all times. The Mazda 3 with built-in safety sensors is ideal; it monitors your speed and distance to help avoid collisions.