Many take for granted how dangerous the roads can be. Thousands are injured and die each year as a result of negligent and reckless drivers.
Even when you are a responsible driver, you could still be victim of another reckless driver. Thankfully, increasing your awareness of the dangers on the road can seriously lower your chances of a car wreck.
- Be aware of the most dangerous moments in driving.
Pulling into traffic or pulling out of parking spots are examples of dangerous moments where car accidents often occur. Take extra care and move slowly when performing an action on the road that leaves you more vulnerable to other drivers not paying attention.
- Be aware of your emotions.
Frequently, drivers get irritated in traffic or when late for an appointment. Other times, drivers might take another driver’s carelessness personally and attempt to tailgate or otherwise drive recklessly to make a point.
High emotions and aggressive driving lead to a high percentage of car accidents. When you feel yourself getting irritated or upset, slow down (literally and physically) and relax. Your day will only get worse if you get into an accident.
- Be aware of your personal possessions inside the car.
Many accidents occur because personal items move, or drivers reach for something in the car while driving.
If you must pay tolls along the way or pull out your sunglasses, make sure that needed items are easy to get to without forcing you to take your eyes off the road.
- Be aware of weather conditions.
Wet and windy conditions can affect your ability to maneuver your vehicle like you normally would. Pass other drivers with care and be mindful of the potential for other drivers to lose control. Florida weather can be very unpredictable especially during summer months when rainfall is heaviest. There is a defined rainy season from May through October, when air mass thundershowers that build in the heat of the day drop heavy but brief summer rainfall.
Heavy rainfall in short amounts of time cause havoc and panic on the South Florida roadways. Since Florida has so many tourists, driving in the rain leads to many crashes. We recommend to pull off of highways and roads if weather starts to interfere with your visibility.
- Be aware of space between you and other drivers.
As a general rule, you should be no closer than 4 seconds behind the driver in front of you. If weather conditions are a factor, it is best to give even more space.
- Be aware of your physical condition.
If you’ve had even a small amount of alcohol or are drowsy, you fall into the category of drivers most likely to get into a fatal car accident.
Manage yourself, and don’t be afraid to stay the night, call an Uber, or call a friend.
- Be aware of reckless drivers.
In all the dangerous situations described above, many other drivers will still prove reckless or negligent. If you practice awareness you will often be able to take steps to avoid an accident before it happens.
- Be aware of driving impairments caused by the sun or by the darkness of night.
Driving into the sun at sunrise or sunset can cause you to not see other drivers or traffic lights. Use sunglasses during those moments and drive slowly.
If you have limited night vision, use prescription glasses to help you see clearly and without glare.
- Be aware of wildlife in rural areas.
Car accidents can occur by colliding with larger animals (such as deer or alligators and iguanas in South Florida) or swerving to avoid many other smaller animals.
At night, use your brights if you are driving down country roads all alone. Drive slowly in those areas known to have animal crossings.
- Be aware of your blind spots.
Always check your blind spots when switching lanes or making turns. Be especially on the lookout for motorcyclists, as they are even easier to miss on the road.
In spite of your best efforts, you might still find yourself in a car accident where the other driver was at fault. If you or someone you love suffers injury in a car crash, you should consult a car accident attorney right away.
For more information about how a Boynton Beach attorney can help you with your car accident case, contact the Gonzalez Levenson at 800-800-6500 or visit our website.