While avoiding an accident may be impossible, driving safely can help protect you against certain dangers. Remember these time-tested, simple rules:
- Obey the speed limit, and reduce speeds in inclement weather.
- Follow cars at a safe distance.
- Avoid rushing into an intersection as soon as a light turns green.
- Pass with caution.
- Look both ways –twice!
- Stay aware of the vehicles around you.
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that motor vehicle accidents cause a death every several minutes and a disabling injury every several seconds. In addition to driving safely, wear your seat belt. The NSC also reports that for front-seat occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45% and the likelihood of critical injury by 50% (2001). Supplementary safety features in your car, such as anti-lock brakes and airbags, may provide additional protection. Also, keep your car well maintained by getting regular brake check-ups, tire rotations, and wheel alignments.