Avoid Accidents in August

Posted on August 27th, 2020 by ncapmanage

For many years in a row, August has been identified as the most deadly month for drivers. This is in part caused by increased traffic—with vacationers taking to the roads, schools out of session, and seasonal attractions booming, there are simply more opportunities for things to go wrong. Preparing for some of the most common causes of accidents may help you avoid them.

  • Tailgating the car in front of you. Staying close to the next driver may feel like it’s helping you get to your destination faster, but studies have shown this isn’t the case. Instead, it’s much more likely that you will end up causing a rear-ending accident.
  • Failing to check blind spots. Making sure that your mirrors are well-adjusted can help you avoid many accidents, but you can’t rely on them for everything. Be careful to check your blind spots regularly to avoid an accident.
  • Aggressive driving and quick turns. A significant amount of accidents are caused by a driver losing control of their vehicle. In many cases, this is due to unexpected road hazards that cause drivers to overreact and overcompensate.
  • Drowsiness behind the wheel. A large portion of fatal crashes are linked to drowsy drivers. If you begin to feel sleepy, open the windows, drink coffee, and play some lively music—and if that doesn’t work, pull over to get some rest.
  • Rolling right turns on red. Failing to make a full stop before turning right limits a driver’s ability to see cyclists and pedestrians who may be attempting to cross the road. A full stop only takes an extra moment and it’s worth the effort, every time.

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