Common Causes of Car Accidents

By - Isaiah
12.02.24 02:36 PM

The Top 5 Causes of Car Crashes and How to Avoid Them


Distracted driving is one of the leading preventable causes of car accidents. Whether it's texting, eating, or fiddling with the radio, taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds drastically increases the risk of a collision. Put your phone in the back seat or use a hands-free system to keep your full attention on the road.


Speeding is another major factor in many accidents. Driving too fast for certain conditions reduces your ability to brake and avoid hazards. Obey posted speed limits and adjust your speed based on weather, traffic, and road conditions. Leave early to avoid feeling rushed and tempted to speed.


Drunk and impaired driving should go without saying, but it remains a serious issue. Even with a blood alcohol content below the legal limit, alcohol impairs judgement and reaction times. The safest choice is to plan for a designated driver or rideshare if you are drinking.


Aggressive or reckless driving like tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and running red lights often stems from impatience or overconfidence behind the wheel. Drive calmly and defensively, leave space between you and other vehicles, and always fully stop at traffic signals and signs.


Fatigue is frequently overlooked but just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Drowsy driving reduces awareness and slows reaction times. Get plenty of rest before long trips and know the signs of fatigue like heavy eyes and difficulty focusing. Pull over for a short nap if you start to feel tired on the road.

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