To avoid the need for auto body repair after a crash, and in the interest of driver and passenger safety, it’s important to be as pro-active on the roadways as possible. Avoiding collisions isn’t entirely possible, of course, but there are steps you can take to stay safe out there, protecting your car, yourself, your passengers and others around you.
In 2020, 3,893 people were killed in car crashes in Texas, and thousands more sustained serious injuries. Many factors contribute to these accidents, such as failure to wear seat belts, speed, drunk and distracted driving, weather, and vehicle malfunctions. Now more than ever, it’s important to slow down, take your time, and exercise caution any time you get behind the wheel.
Any time you get in a car crash or even a fender bender, auto body repair is necessary, a costly yet necessary endeavor in order to maintain the integrity, safety and appearance of your car.
Tips For Preventing Collisions
- 1. Pull into traffic slowly. Don’t just barrel out into traffic. Always stop, look, and listen. Know where your car’s blind spots are, including behind windshield pillars, rear view mirrors and highway road signs. If you find yourself at an intersection making a right-hand turn, look both ways two times before you proceed. As you know, other vehicles can come seemingly out of nowhere, so always approach an intersection with extra caution.
- 2. Be cautious at red lights. People can get distracted sometimes and may not notice they have a red light. That’s why, even though you have a green light, you should proceed with caution through it. If just starting out on a green light, accelerate slowly, but only after counting to three and looking both ways. Be even more mindful when you see large trucks and semis approaching the intersection. They can’t brake as quickly as cars can, and a lapse in judgement can turn tragic very quickly. Remember, truck drivers have a big blind spot on the right-hand side, so if you find yourself driving alongside an 18-wheeler, try to extricate yourself from the situation safely. And if you can’t see their side mirrors, they can’t see you.
- 3. Keep both hands on the steering wheel. Limit distractions inside the vehicle. Don’t fiddle with the radio or GPS and use hands-free systems if you absolutely must make a call or send a text. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times. You never know when you’ll have to swerve suddenly, a burst of wind buffets your car, or you hit a pothole.
- 4. Watch out for children. Kids and pets can dart out into traffic very suddenly from between parked cars or side streets. Drive cautiously in residential areas and slow down if you spot kids playing nearby. Obey all school zone speed limits as well.
- 5. Maintain your car regularly. Keep up with regular oil and filter changes, take your car in for scheduled service, make sure your tires are properly inflated and always pay attention when the check engine light comes on. These checks will help you avoid sudden stalls, breakdowns and other types of vehicle failures.
- 6. Look 10-12 seconds ahead. Keep focus ahead of you, scanning for areas of concern at least 10 to 12 seconds ahead of you. When driving on the highway, stay a good distance away from other cars so you can easily maneuver if a car in front of you swerves.
- 7. Be cautious when backing out. It’s tempting to let your backup camera or rear view mirrors do all the work for you when backing up. But you should always follow that up with a backwards glance over your right shoulder to make sure you’re getting all angles and no blind spots. This will prevent fender benders in parking lots and more serious accidents when backing out of a driveway onto a busy road. Teach your teens to physically look behind them, too, as they are all learning on cars with backup cameras that shouldn’t be fully relied on.
- 8. Don’t tailgate. Keep a three-second gap between you and the car in front of you. Leave a few minutes early so you don’t have to rush. Speeding to make up time is a recipe for disaster. Tailgating remains a major cause of rear-end collisions.
- 9. Be courteous to other drivers. Treat other drivers with respect and remain calm. Road rage contributes to many avoidable accidents.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center
If you do get into an accident and require auto body repair, contact us today. We can get your car looking like new again.