A crash can damage your car and other vehicles, and punish you or other people with serious injury or death. The easiest way to recover from such an accident is to avoid having one in the first place. Follow these tips to keep yourself safe.
Avoid texting or using a cellphone while driving. Either activity removes your attention from the road increasing your chances of an accident. (Texting is illegal. Calling is not.) According to the Alaska State Troopers, you’re 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving. Turn your phone off when you drive, so you’re not tempted to answer a call. If you’re an occupant in a vehicle where the driver has a cell, ask him to turn his off too before going on your trip.
Turn your headlights on during the day and not just on roadways that require them on. Your car becomes more visible and easier to detect by vehicles approaching from a distance. The Alaska Highway Safety Office reveals that studies document crash reductions of 5 to 15 percent when headlights are used in the daytime.
If you must drive in bad winter weather, use a lower gear and allow yourself at least three times more room than normal between you and the car in front of you. When you stop, brake gently to avoid a dangerous skid. If you feel the wheels slipping, ease up on the brakes so your tires can grip the road again.