Auto accidents happen...everywhere, everyday, to even the most careful drivers. The time to plan what you should do is now - before you're involved in one.
No matter how cautious you may be driving, other drivers on the road still pose a threat to you. Taking responsibility is your first step toward preventing an accident.
Know the rules of the road
Practice driving. It requires good hand-eye coordination and quick thinking. NASCAR drivers don't get in the car and drive only on race days. They practice daily right up to race time.
You should do the same. Look for an empty parking lot or open space where you have lots of room with no buildings, poles or other cars nearby. Do this in challenging weather situations such as heavy rain, ice, and snow.
By practicing in different environments, you can teach yourself how to react automatically when you have to brake and swerve to miss something.
Keep your car working
Never drive on a slick tire. Also, blinkers, headlights, and taillights need new bulbs from time to time. Check them often by turning them on and walking around the car to see if they're in good working order.
Always wear your seatbelt
Require all passengers to do the same. Seatbelts can reduce accident fatalities by 45%, and serious injury by 50%.
Stay within the speed limit
Stay in the limit.
Faster isn't better when it comes to driving. Sometimes people get caught up in the freedom of the open road, only to meet disaster.
Speeding can cost you hundreds of dollars in fines.
It can also cost you your life.
Speed limits apply to ideal conditions. Slow down when it's raining, snowing or foggy—or anytime the road is extra hazardous or your vision is limited.