5 Driving Tips to Avoid Road Accidents
While some accidents are unavoidable and can happen regardless of how safe you are on the road, most can be prevented. Avoiding accidents helps you keep your car insurance premiums down and a clean driving record can save you on your auto insurance renewals.
To keep you and others safe on the road, we’ve outlined five driving tips below that will help you avoid any trouble:
1. Eliminate Distracted Driving
Distracted driving has become the number one reason for vehicle collisions and, for this reason, authorities are really cracking down on enforcing the rules. Car insurance companies are also implementing strict policies when it comes to distracted driving. Some insurance companies may even limit coverage for drivers with distracted driving offences on their driving record or impose other restrictions.
Be sure to avoid the following while you’re driving your vehicle:
● Cellphone usage
● Drinking or eating
● Using music players
● Writing or drawing
If you must answer your phone or do any of the above, always pull over to a complete stop in a safe place.
2. Follow Speed Limits
Another leading cause of car accidents is speeding. Drivers who go above the posted speed limit risk the chance of not having enough time to react to sudden changes on the road. Always follow the posted speed limit to lower your chances of an accident. We recommend getting into the habit of leaving early to give yourself enough time to get to your destination safely.
3. Do Not Tailgate
Tailgating is a major cause of accidents and one that will likely be filed with you at fault. This can lead to an increase in your car insurance premiums and demerits on your license. Always leave an appropriate cushion between you and the car in front of you to avoid a collision, and take into account road conditions.
4. Merge into Traffic Safely
In Alberta, there are many busy freeways and highways that drivers use daily on their commute to and from work and other activities. As you’re merging into traffic, do so safely by shoulder-checking, and exercise caution when entering a busy intersection.
5. Follow The Rules of The Road
Along with sticking to the posted speed limit, it’s important to follow the rules of the road. Familiarize yourself with your route including where school zones are, any construction zones, blind spots, traffic lights, stop yields, and merges so you always know what to expect. The rules of the road are there to keep everyone safe!
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