How you can Avoid Car Crashes
Here at Big Sky Collision, we Want No Crashes
Accidents are always waiting to happen. And no matter how careful you are, it’s unlikely that you will be able to anticipate everything that you may encounter while you are on the road. The good news is that there are ways to minimize the risk of being involved in a car crash.
For some, it’s all about the technology, and it starts with the car choice. Basically, you choose a car that has the most advanced safety features, and hope that these technological aids will be sufficient to keep you safe every time you’re driving. Some of the most sought-after crash avoidance technologies include: ABS (Anti-Brake Locking System) and Automatic Emergency Braking; Forward-Collision Warning; Lane-Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning; Blind Spot Detection or Warning; Curve-Adaptive Headlights; Adaptive Cruise Control; and Parking Assist Systems.
Of course, it’s logical to expect that advanced safety features mean a higher price tag. And because not everyone can afford the cost of that technology, many will have to rely on sheer smart driving to keep themselves safe. Here are twelve simple ways to ensure your driving experience is as safe as it can possibly be.
Be diligent about vehicle maintenance.
One of the most effective ways to keep your car in good working condition is through regular maintenance. Make sure you follow your car manufacturer’s recommended schedule. Failing to do so to save on expenses can quickly turn into a regretful decision when you figure in an accident that could easily have been avoided if you just brought your car into the auto shop for routine checking.
Check your mirrors.
Before driving off, take the time to adjust your rear view mirror and your side mirrors so all three are positioned in a way that will give you as much view of the road behind you as possible.
Drive with the right attitude and frame of mind.
Don’t drive when you’re tired, highly stressed or extremely emotional. You’re likely to have less focus while in such states.
Position yourself properly.
When driving, you should be in the best position that will enable you to respond quickly when an evasive move is needed. This includes sitting with the right posture, and holding the steering wheel with one hand at the 3 o’clock position and the other at the 9 o’clock position.
Driving requires your full concentration because something can always come up while you are busy doing something else you shouldn’t like drinking, eating, texting, talking on the phone, playing with the radio, and continuous chatting with fellow passengers.
Be mindful of your surroundings.
Not only should you always look at the road ahead and behind you, both when driving and parking. You should pay attention to the behavior of drivers around you too so it will be easier to anticipate what might happen and adjust accordingly. Remember too that the road is for everybody’s use so you should practice courtesy while driving, and avoid untoward incidents caused by road rage.
Practice healthy paranoia.
If there’s ever a right time to be judgmental, it’s on the road. When you see a car with dents, body damage, or dirty windows, try to stay away from it as these may be indications that the owner is a bit reckless and unconcerned with road safety. You should also keep your distance from cars that keep on drifting within its lane since this can mean the driver is not fully focused on the road due to fatigue, drunkenness, or preoccupation with something else.
Be aware of blind spots.
Especially when you are making a turn or a lane change, you shouldn’t rely completely on your mirrors to let you know that it’s ok. Be safer by actually turning your head to check and make sure you haven’t missed anything your mirrors could not show. Be mindful of big trucks too as they tend to have big blind spots on their right and it will be better for you to stay away from these.
Turn with caution.
When you make a turn, always check the left and right side twice to make sure there are no approaching vehicles or pedestrians who seem to suddenly appear out of nowhere.
Avoid the fast lane.
As much as possible, try to stay on the center or right lanes as these provide you with more space to maneuver during emergency situations.
Don’t drive like you’re always in a hurry.
Wanting to get to your destination as quickly as possible should never be an excuse to get careless and cause unnecessary harm to yourself and to others. So even if you are in a hurry, always remember:
Never tailgate. The recommended distance that should be maintained between you and the car ahead of you is a 3-second lead during normal weather and a 5-second lead during bad weather. If you fail to follow this basic precaution, you might not have enough time or room to make an emergency maneuver when the situation calls for it.
Never go over the speed limit. Driving too fast simply makes you more vulnerable to accidents because it is harder to maintain control of your car at high speeds.
Never to accelerate immediately as soon as the traffic light turns green. You have to accept that there are always those who will attempt to run a red light (it seems to be getting worse and worse here in Billings). And when such a driver happens to be on the same intersection as someone who instantly zooms ahead when the sign says go, a crash becomes an imminent possibility. Avoid being in this situation by counting to 3 after the light turns green, then looking both ways before proceeding.
Avoid driving during night time.
The risk of car collisions is much higher during the night primarily because it’s dark and artificial light cannot really compete with the brightness of natural daylight. Plus, you’re more likely to encounter drunk drivers on the road during this time, and you’re likely to be at your less focused state because of tiredness. So only drive at night if you have to, and always be extra careful when you do.
Bring Your Dents to Big Sky Collision Center
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we take pride in training every employee to take ownership of the job. The result is that you have a final product that is much better than if everyone was here just to collect a paycheck. We train leaders who happen to be good at fixing cars.
Did you know we also offer auto detailing to the city of Billings? If your car is dirty and you have no time to wash it properly, give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can detail it for you!