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Keep in Mind Steps to Avoid Traffic Accidents

Updated on July 16, 2013

Over 90% of the traffic accidents are avoidable

Driving is one of the most pleasing experiences for transporting oneself over long distances. It is just amazing how much your driver license can do for you when you turn 18. Unfortunately, traffic accidents are one the leading cause of death among teenagers and persons up to the age of 34. There should be some common sense and some laws should be followed to avoid fatal or minor traffic accidents.

You, the Driver and the Car.

You know your car better than anyone else. I know mine can come to a full stop in less than 5 seconds when driving at less than 60 mph. I know that if I need to make any sudden maneuver at high speed I will hardly have control over my car when reaching 60 MPH or faster.

Keep your car at the best possible working conditions; Responsive brakes, good tires, clean windshields, not broken mirrors, clean and working engine, and all front and rear lights working.

You, as a driver, also know yourself better than anyone else. If you are impaired or distracted to drive due to being tired or intoxicated, do not drive. If you are new or do no feel confident to drive on certain conditions (dark rainy night, snow, freeway speed, etc) then do not drive.

Car Do's and Don'ts

Keep a clean windshield and clear side and rear mirrors. Some scratches might obstruct vision and dirty windshields are more vulnerable to the lack of light or excessive sunlight. Replace the tires if they are worn off already, and ensure the brakes are responsive. If you ever need to come to a sudden full stop if your brakes lock due to the strong motion, then that would be a problem.

Do not let any of the front or rear lights just stop flashing, every single individual lights is designed to make your car more visible and tell other drivers in front of and behind you what your next movement will be (brake light indicates stop, turning signal indicates changing lanes or turning).

Driver Do's and Don'ts

Driving requires full attention, distracted driving, driving under influence (DUI) or intoxicated (DWI) will split your attention. Drive only when you know ou will pay full attention to the road.

Do not drive over the speed limit, there is a limit because in hat particular place some traffic congestion (end of line) or merging traffic or other road condition (ice, wet, or under construction) or another particular aspect of the street (frequent pedestrian crossing, children populated zone) requires you to make sudden unexpected maneuvers or stops. IF the speed limit says 25, most likely it’s a residential zone where parked cars suddenly come out of nowhere or children cross the street.

Who is guilty at a traffic accident

The law requires traffic courts to legally presume a driver is guilty if the accident happened when he was:

1) Changing lane

2) Backing up

3) Speeding over the speed limit

4) Making a left turn

5) Hit on the rear end of another vehicle or is involved in a collision

6) Hit a parked vehicle

7) Was driving under influence or intoxicated

NOTE: One can prove one is not guilty of the accident in court with clear and convincing evidence suggesting the other driver also involved carries more guilt or lacked proper care.

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    • Kosmo profile image

      Kelley 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for the driving tips, Jose! I'll avoid making those darn left-hand turns. Later!

    • Abdul Wahabone profile image

      Abdul Wahab 4 years ago from Yanbu Al-Bahar, Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia

      Great informative tips.......

      Thanks for sharing.

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