You may think certain little things such as using turn signals properly are no big deal when driving. Think again!

1. Side view mirrors

How do you know if they are properly adjusted? Your car shouldn’t be visible anywhere in your mirrors. Almost everyone does this wrong, yet it is one of the simplest things you can do to avoid a collision. Blind spots are such a frequent cause of accident that’s that some car models have systems which can detect other vehicles in your blind spot and send unnecessarily urgent beeps that can you make you panic, scream, and swerve and/or crash in terror anyways. Such systems have been used before- but it turns out all you need are properly adjusted side-view mirrors.

Sounds crazy stupid? If it’s so easy, why doesn’t everyone do it? Why are million spend of fashioning ridiculous blind-spot-eliminating systems? Simply because no one is taught how to properly adjust mirrors and just point them away from the sides of the darn car!

2. Traffic before signs

Pay attention to traffic – vehicles, pedestrians, hazards- before paying attention to road signs. If someone blows past a stop signs and blows up in flames with car, the common assumption is that the person didn’t notice the stop sign. If the driver had paid attention to traffic more than signs, then the driver would most likely have noticed the big red car in the middle of the intersection.

When there are lacks of clues, most drivers turn to signs in traffic as an indication of what to do- like at those intersections where a traffic light isn’t working and everyone stares at each other for a few seconds. The lack of indication forces the drivers to pay closer attention to their environment and look out for signs of danger.

3. Listening to music decreases concentration

A 2011 driving psychology study showed that the louder the music and faster the tempo a driver listens to while driving, the more likely he or she is to have an accident. Listening to music lowers heart rate and reaction time. Drivers riding with no music have higher heart rates, which increases awareness.

4. Turn on your headlights… all the time!

According to a study conducted by the Michigan State Police, you can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident by up to 32%, simply by driving with your headlights on- all the time! The glare of the lights makes all vehicles more visible to other drivers, pedestrians, and bikers. If someone doesn’t see you before switching lanes, they might see the glare of your headlights and swerve back into their lane. Sometimes, pedestrians are also all too distracted by the incredible content of their iPhones that they don’t see death heading straight towards them unless flashing lights are attached to it.

5. Use the emergency brake, it’s free.

The parking brake should be used on a regular basis, even if you aren’t parked on a steep incline. Emergency brakes can be used in a situation where your regular brake fails. It overrides the hydraulic mechanism normally used to control the brakes and stops you with cables. The issue with steel cables is that they rust and corrode, especially after a long time without being put to good use. Emergency brakes are designed so that if you don’t engage the brake every once in a while, corrosion builds up and will cause it to fall apart.

6. If you hear your tire blow out, don’t brake.

Hitting the break while you’re going 70MPH on the Interstate is more likely to cause your car to flip, turn, and skid out of control.

If you hear a tire blow out, hit the gas gently until you can regain control of your car. Granted, you slam on the gas, that’s no better than hitting the break and flying off into another fast-moving vehicle. Squeeze the brake and do your best to calmly maintain your car under control, going as straight as possible, and slowly ease your foot off the gas so you can gradually come to a stop.

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Category: Car Accidents