20 Driving Tips - #13 Avoiding Collisions

Bad weather, mechanical failure of a vehicle, and poorly maintained roadways - all may contribute to collisions. But do you know the number-one cause of auto accidents?

  • More collisions can be attributed to driver error than any other factor. Driver error includes many factors like improper lookout, excessive speed, improper evasive action, internal distractions, and driver inattention or distraction. The tragedy is that nearly all collisions caused by driver error could have been prevented.


To keep driver error to a minimum:

  • Avoid taking your eyes off the road to check your cell phone, adjust your radio or air-conditioning/heating, or to talk to passengers.
  • Pull onto the shoulder if you need to check a text or read a road map.
  • Remain a safe distance from the car in front of you, and allow plenty of room for changing lanes.

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