Top 9 Causes for Single Car Crashes
How to Prevent a Single Vehicle Accident
Being involved in a crash is scary. Even just the thought of the event, combined with remembering the sights, sounds, and movements bring flashbacks of horror to anyone that has been involved in a crash before. So why do nearly half of the accidents involve just one vehicle? Better yet, how can we prevent them and avoid a trip to Big Sky Collision Center for auto body repair?
Just about every accident, single or multiple, vehicle can be avoided. Single car crashes, however, even more so because a good portion of the time they have to do with driver error. Here are the top 9 causes, and what you should be on the lookout for so you can avoid being in an accident.
Poor Road Conditions
Montana has around 70,000 miles of highways. That doesn’t include roads that don’t fall into the “highway” category. With so many miles, and one of the lowest populations in the country, those highways can fall into disrepair pretty easily. Broken pavement, potholes, and crumbling infrastructure can easily cause a wreck.
The more remote the road, the more likely it will be in need of repairs. Pay attention to shape of the asphalt when you drive.
We have extreme weather in this state. It can go from above freezing and rain, to well below and icy very quickly. Even when the temperature doesn’t change dramatically, snow, ice, sleet, hail, rain, and the like all can cause dangerous driving conditions.
You are in control of the vehicle. If the weather has dealt you a bad hand, you can adjust your driving.
Cruising through town, with all the traffic and lights, makes it difficult to check your phone. You have to constantly be aware of other drivers. On a more-or-less secluded highway and it seems pretty safe to check those messages. When you’re going 60mph, every second you take your eyes off the road you travel 88 feet. This paragraph takes about 5 seconds to read: that’s 440 feet traveled.
Just don’t use your phone while driving. Pull over if you have to check anything.
Deer are the biggest culprit. But vehicle collisions with moose, elk, bears, mountain lions, goats, and just about every animal out there have happened. Unfortunately, there is often little that can be done to prevent a collision with wildlife.
Slow down at dusk and dawn. Pay extra attention in wildlife prone areas like along rivers.
Who doesn’t love a sunny day? But that morning and evening time, when it’s just above the horizon and blinding you as you drive straight into it, can be a bit worrisome. Those few minutes of blinding light can cause you to make careless mistakes.
Get some dark sunglasses to drive with. If it’s really bad, pull over for about 5 minutes and let the sun’s angle change.
There’s nobody around. There’s a straight stretch of two-lane highway ahead of you and you can see for miles. Stepping on the gas, you let the speedometer creep up well past anywhere safe, let alone legal. If you’re given a ticket for reckless driving, it’s almost as bad as getting stopped for drunk driving; it’s that big of a deal.
If you really want to go fast, arrange some time at a race track. On the roads, keep it safe and legal.
Forgoing sleep for 24 hours can cause your reaction time to be similar to that of getting a couple of drinks in you. On the boring Montana highways, that can lead to nodding off at the wheel. 1 in 25 drivers reports having fallen asleep while driving in the last 30 days, and that doesn’t count those that are just about to fall asleep.
Get plenty of rest. Pull over and get a 20 minute power nap in if you have to stay on the road.
For decades now you have heard the pitfalls of driving while intoxicated. And police and judges have heard every excuse, “I didn’t have far to go” “I wasn’t that drunk” “I knew I could still be safe.” If you’re in town, call for a ride. If you’re on the back highways, sleep in the back seat until you’re sober.
Don’t drive drunk. Really, there’s no excuse.
Less than 2% of vehicle accidents are caused by defective vehicles. It’s not a big issue, but it does happen. This is why you always want to have your vehicle repaired at a certified shop, and use only the best parts.
Regular vehicle maintenance will help spot a defective part before it becomes an issue.
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