Top Four Things a Driver Can Do to Avoid Auto Accidents

 

happy woman driver driving her carIn addition to being dangerous and potentially deadly, auto accidents can be very costly, depending on how damaged your car is and if you find an honest mechanic to fix your automobile. The wisest way to avoid a costly accident is to follow the old adage: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” by keeping your vehicle properly maintained and practice safe driving. For the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other people on the road, be sure to follow these top four tips for safety on the road.

  • Put away the cell phone. Distracted driving is a major cause of auto accidents, and cell phone use is a major part of distracted driving. Never text while you are driving—studies show it impairs you as much as driving legally drunk does. If you absolutely must talk, use a hands-free device as permitted by the laws in your state. No text is worth your life or the life of someone else—it can wait.

  • Never drive under the influence. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other chemical substances slows your reaction time as well as encourages reckless driving. In addition to increasing the risk of hurting yourself or others, you can lose your license or worse if you are caught driving drunk or high. Never risk it! Always have a sober driver take the wheel.

  • Don’t speed. Many accidents can be avoided by simply going the speed limit and staying the appropriate distance behind other vehicles. Don’t tailgate, even if the person in front of you is going slowly, and obey speed limits and traffic signals. Running red lights is an easy way to get struck by another vehicle, so take it easy and arrive at your destination safely.

  • See and be seen. Use your lights at night or in any low-light conditions as well as any time your windshield wipers are on. Be attentive to other cars and pedestrians on the road, no matter what time of day it is. Also, have one of Grease Monkey’s professional mechanics clean your headlights–you’d be shocked at just how much of a difference it will make.

To help prevent any accidents on the road, come to Grease Monkey in Battle Ground, Washington, where we value our customers highly and provide an incredibly wide range of services, from oil changes and tire rotations to manual transmission and brake service. We want to make sure our customers’ vehicles are as safe as can be. Give us a call at (360) 666-1533 to ask questions or make an appointment.