How to Minimize Your Chances of an Accident
Most Accidents are Caused by Human Error
Accidents happen. That’s why they’re called accidents. However, many safety specialists believe that motor vehicle accidents should be renamed to motor vehicle crashes or wrecks. The reason: the vast majority of them are preventable.
What are the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes? How can you minimize your chances of being involved in a wreck? Here are the top causes of crashes; the ways to minimize your chances of getting in a wreck are obvious when you hear about them.
Distracted driving isn’t a new phenomenon. However, with the invention of cell phones, and subsequently smart phones, the instances of distracted driving have skyrocketed. Distracted driving includes everything from eating, reading, and doing your makeup, to texting, talking, or otherwise using the phone. In fact, if you are texting while driving, you are 23 times more likely to get into a wreck than if you leave the phone alone.
iPhone allows you to turn on do not disturb while you’re driving; it’s a great way to minimize your notifications (they can wait anyway). Don’t become one of the 3,500 people who are killed in a distracted driving accident each year.
As vehicle technology improves, people drive faster. The mechanics can handle the faster speeds and people seem to think that because the vehicle can go faster, they should go faster. While it is true that most cars, trucks, and SUV’s on the road today can handle a more rapid speed, it doesn’t mean that people are better at handling that same speed.
One of the biggest factors people neglect is thinking speed. Given instant reactions, your vehicle can stop rather quickly; but it takes time to process what’s going on. For every mile per hour, your vehicle has a thinking distance of 1 foot. So traveling at 30mph you travel 30 feet before you can even process what’s going on and move your foot from gas to brake. You then have the stopping distance on top of that.
Don’t be one of the nearly 10,000 people killed in an accident every year by going faster than you need to.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence (which includes alcohol and drugs) is the leading cause of fatal car accidents every year. Getting in a crash while you’re intoxicated is easily preventable. Even if you’re not fall-down drunk, your reaction times are diminished.
Statistically speaking, the impaired driver is not the one that is killed in the accident. Instead, the drunk or drugged driver survives while the victim that is hit passes away from the injuries.
Over 10,000 people die each year because of impaired driving related accidents. Don’t risk the weight of someone else’s life cut short because of your poor decisions; take a cab, Uber, or Lyft or call a friend to get you home.
Sometimes Accidents do Happen
There are true accidents that happen. Animals jump in front of cars, mother nature throws some crazy weather our way, or you’re the victim of another driver’s poor decisions. Sometimes we just make mistakes and cause crashes because we’re not paying attention. Regardless of why it happened, Big Sky Collision Center is here to help.
We are certified to repair more vehicles than any other shop in a five state region. That means no matter what you drive, we have the manufacturer’s stamp of approval to restore it to full factor safety standards. When you need the best auto body repair shop in Billings, call Big Sky Collision Center at 406-259-6328.