Check Your Car
When professionals use heavy machinery, there is usually a process to make sure the machine is in good repair and functioning before they begin operation. The same should go for cars. Many accidents can be avoided by simply knowing the state of your vehicle before driving it. This includes checking tires for foreign objects and signs of a flat, and being sure that no warning lights are blinking or lit when the car is turned on. Once you have established the car can be safely operated, you may then begin to drive.
Be Observant and Pay Attention
Always keep your eyes on the road, and avoid excessive distractions. Most people love to listen to music when they’re driving, but use your judgement about when this is appropriate. In many cases, being able to hear your surroundings can help you to prevent an accident. At a moment’s notice, people will honk their horns to alert other drivers that they are coming through, or that they should move. Staying alert can help you to see pedestrians who often cross in busy areas.
Take a Moment at the Green
A green light doesn’t necessarily mean you are safe to cross. If you were to take off the moment a light turned green, you’d be running the risk of placing yourself in the path of a speeding car that is running a red light. Always count to three before driving off after a green light. This could prevent you from being injured in a serious crash.
Use Your Signal Lights
Signal lights are one of the most useful parts of a car when it comes to letting other drivers on the road know what you are intending to do. It is difficult to perceive intention simply from seeing how a driver drives. Signals are a necessary part of this process. When you signal, be sure to give drivers behind you ample time to slow down and accommodate your next move.
If you do happen to get into a collision and are injured in the process, make sure you act fast and file a personal injury claim as soon as you can.