Millions of people are injured or killed in traffic accidents every year in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 120 people died in traffic accidents in Hawaii in 2016 alone. With the risk of injuries and death so high, it is important to take steps to protect yourself and avoid an accident.
Here are some practical tips to avoid a car crash:
- Practice defensive driving habits. One of the best ways to avoid a crash is by practicing defensive driving habits. You should keep a safe distance between your car and the cars around you, watch for obstacles in the road, and maintain a safe and legal speed.
- Obey all state and federal traffic laws. You should yield the right of way correctly to pedestrians and other vehicles, and use your turn signals when changing lanes. It is also important to wear a seat belt, and to avoid driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Avoid distractions. Distracted driving accounts for more than 3,500 deaths and nearly 400,000 injuries per year in the U.S., according to NHTSA statistics. Distractions include anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road, or your mind off of driving. Using a cell phone (even hands-free texting), reaching into the backseat, holding a sandwich, or fiddling with a GPS all count as distracted driving.
- Plan your route beforehand. Looking for a street sign or wondering whether you should be turning right or left at the upcoming intersection puts you at risk for an accident. You will be mentally distracted and unable to react to changing traffic conditions. Furthermore, you will feel pressured to make last-minute decisions, which could result in a crash. By planning your route beforehand and programming your GPS prior to setting out, you can increase your safety.
- Pay attention to the weather. In Hawaii, tropical storms happen almost every day. It is important to be aware of the weather conditions, and to plan accordingly. If it will be raining, you need to go about 5 to 10 miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit. You should also make turns gradually, and avoid pressing hard on the gas or brake pedals. It is also important to replace your windshield wipers on a regular basis, and to use your headlights in foggy or rainy weather.
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