According to Forbes, the average person will experience some sort of car collision before the age of 34. Hopefully, you will only experience a minor accident, but collisions can be extremely dangerous and in some cases, deadly.Let’s take a look at the most common collisions and how to avoid them.
Rear End Collisions
Rear end collisions include anything from tapping the bumper of the car in front of you at a stop sign to plowing into the car in front of you at full speed on the highway. 29% of all accidents on the road are of the rear end variety. 89% of these accidents occur because the driver of the car at fault was distracted. Always keep your eyes on the road, stay off your phone and give the driver in front of you enough space.You should always give the car in front of you about three seconds of space and six or seven seconds in wet or icy driving conditions.
Hitting a Parked Car
Hitting a parked car is a very common type of collision, but thankfully it also is the least dangerous. This most commonly happens when a driver is backing out of a parking space. In order to avoid this, pay close attention when backing out. Don’t just rely on your mirrors or rear cameras to back out, turn around and look over your shoulder.
Collisions While Hydroplaning
Wet roads cause a dangerous effect while driving called hydroplaning. Hydroplaning happens when your tires can’t make direct contact with the road, so they are essentially sliding over the water, which causes you to lose control of your vehicle. To avoid accidents during wet driving conditions, make sure your tires are in good shape. If you catch yourself sliding, don’t slam on the brakes. Apply steady pressure and allow your car to slowly coast to a stop.
Collisions happen, but there are things you can do to avoid them.