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Steering Clear: Tips to Help You Avoid Potential Accidents on the Road


As we begin this new year and start our New Year’s resolutions, let’s put safer driving at the top of the list.  Here are some tips on how to be a safer driver and reduce your risk of being in an accident.

How To Drive

While it’s an easy thing to overlook, your driving posture and position relative to the steering wheel are important.  You should be close enough to the wheel that you can comfortably rest your wrist on the wheel.  When you are closer to the wheel, you have more control and can react quicker in unexpected situations.  Your feet should easily reach the pedals and should minimize the time it takes you to stop or accelerate.

Make sure you drive with both hands.  It is so tempting, especially on our regular route, to drive with one hand at the top of the steering wheel.  However, this gives you little control of the automobile, especially if you have to abruptly move or swerve.  The best position for your hands on the wheel is at the 9 o'clock hand  and 3 o'clock hand, or with each hand in the middle of each of the sides of the wheel.  This gives you optimal control of the wheel and enables you to react more effectively to unexpected events on the road.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Unfortunately, safe driving doesn’t assure you of an accident-free driving record because there are other drivers on the road.  However, you can look for signs of unsafe driving and steer clear of those who could easily cause an accident.

First, be aware of what is around you and other cars.  While it is important to watch the car in front of you, make sure you are aware of what the cars in front of that car are doing.  If you see a car swerving, make an effort to safely get away from them.

Checking your blind spots is important, but make sure you don’t remain in another driver’s blind spot for a long period of time.  Set up your mirrors to create the broadest view of the road you can, but also make sure to turn your head to check around you before changing lanes.

Know Your Car

Each car is different, so it is important to know your car and how you can most effectively react in hazardous situations.  Pay attention to how long it takes you to stop.  If you see a possible accident and it takes your car a longer time to stop, give yourself more room between yourself and the car in front of you.

Make sure your tires are up to date and the tread is at a safe depth, because a good tire can make all the difference when slamming on the brakes or swerving.

Combining these tips with your normal safe driving practices, like wearing a seat belt and always signaling, can help you avoid an accident.

If you’ve been hurt in an automobile accident by a reckless driver, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas for a free consultation. We provide the best legal care in East Texas for personal injury and auto accidents.