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How To Avoid A Car Accident Albuquerque

By Jaycee Cruz

None of us expect to be in an automobile accident. Yet, each time we get behind the wheel we face the possibility that someone will make a mistake, and cause a mishap that may damage not only a vehicle, but may actually claim a life. If you have been involved in a car accident Albuquerque, you might be still be wondering how it could have been avoided, and what you can do to prevent a similar crash from happening again.

There is a common thread in most highway incidents, and that is inattention and error. People make mistakes, and even the most alert and watchful driver has problems on occasion. There are times, of course, when things happen so suddenly that we can’t react in time. A deer may leap onto a darkened country road, or an oncoming car may swerve into your lane. Chain reaction mishaps on freeways are not uncommon, and often there is little one can do during those events except trying to take evasive action.

But what about the other situations? Even though some accidents are unavoidable, there are safer driving practices that undeniably save lives. They help to avoid the causes of preventable accidents, those where a mishap occurs simply because the of an unnecessary and preventable mistake. These good habits involve changing behaviors, and are relatively simple to adopt. At first they may require a little conscious thought, but after a time these practices become ingrained, and can save much heartache and financial distress.

The number one cause is distraction. This means that an individual takes his or her eyes off the road for a very short time, not realizing how much distance a car can travel at highways speeds. When this happens there are factors that get compromised, including attention, eye direction and hand control. A surgeon would not dream of looking the other way for several seconds while performing an intricate procedure, because of the possibility of making a fatal mistake, and neither should the operator of a car.

Number one on the list of things not to do while driving is cell phone use. Texting or dialing a wireless device is nearly impossible without looking away from the highway momentarily, even for the nimble-fingered. Hands-free devices help, but still are a distraction, and no message is worth a fatal crash. Another mistake is using the car as a bathroom annex. Applying makeup or shaving requires glancing at a mirror, away from the highway, and can mean you will be well-groomed on the way to the emergency room.

Other common distractions we have all experienced are simple things like changing the radio station, or dealing with unruly children in the back seat. Even getting into a heated conversation with another passenger may compromise reaction times. Some people try to read books or newspapers while caught in slowly moving morning commutes. And, we’ve all dropped something under the seat, and then tried to fish it out while still operating the car.

Have you have ever used your knees as substitutes for hands on the steering wheel? Taking evasive action in this awkward position is impossible. Multi-tasking may be a marketable skill, but not when you are steering a two-ton vehicle. All these distractions and bad driving habits negate the most important vehicle safety measure, which is defensive driving. It is a method taught in most driver education classes, and stresses the need to anticipate and deal with dangerous situations before they develop. Defensive driving teaches that operating a car is not a competition, and that there is no advantage to proving you have the right-of-way if it causes an accident.

Sometimes, however, the most careful and defensive driver can have a car accident Albuquerque. These events are sometimes unavoidable if the other involved party has decided to drink and drive, or chooses to vent anger and frustration with his vehicle. When a crash happens, make sure the passengers are all right, and try to move off the road if possible. Try to exchange insurance information if the incident is not too serious, and remember that driving without insurance is against the law. Never sign any document while still under the immediate stress of a crash. Accidents can be expensive and traumatic, but can be greatly reduced by not driving while distracted.

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Cruz, Jaycee "How To Avoid A Car Accident Albuquerque." How To Avoid A Car Accident Albuquerque. 26 Aug. 2010. uberarticles.com. 20 Jan 2015 <http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/how-to-avoid-a-car-accident-albuquerque/>.

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