Lower your chances of getting into an accident

Drivers in Ohio have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders when they get behind the wheel. Not only do they have to watch out for themselves on the road, but they also have to keep an eye out for other vehicles and drivers. Here are ways that a person can lower their chances of getting into a crash.

Consumer Reports has a list of six different ways that a driver can avoid getting into an accident. Topping the list is for drivers to cut down on the distractions that they can. This includes limiting talking, loud noises, or interference from children, friends, or pets within the vehicle. Drivers should also be prepared before they leave by having their GPS oriented properly and having their music or temperature situated before leaving. Of course, avoiding illegal behaviors is also suggested. Drivers should not drink, do drugs, take substances that alter their perception, or drive aggressively. Many accidents result from these actions.

EHS Today focuses on safe driving habits that drivers can get into. This includes learning to scan traffic 12 seconds ahead, always keeping one hand on the steering wheel, and driving defensively. Driving defensively involves keeping an eye out for the surrounding drivers and never make the assumption that they will follow the law or use good judgment. They suggest against anticipating the moves of other drivers as well in order to avoid surprises.

If a driver is able to keep these tips in mind, their driving behavior will likely become much safer. In turn, this will help make the roads a safer place for all drivers.

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