Many are becoming drivers but few of them are defensive drivers. Accidents may happen any time of the day to any person driving the car. Drivers must always be aware and careful to avoid collisions. One type of accident that happens is the side collisions. This is a crash where an oncoming vehicle impacts the side of another vehicle. This happens at intersections, a wide parking lot, and on a multi-lane traffic.
Be safe when driving your car anywhere. Here are reminders and tips how to avoid side-impact collisions.
1. Intersection Driving
Use defensive driving when crossing an intersection. Always look both ways to check if it is clear. Make sure that the GO signal (green light) is on and stop when the yellow light signals. Do not beat the red light as this causes a side-impact collision.
2. Keep Breaks updated and in order.
For a long trip, always check everything in the car most especially the breaks. Keep the breaks in order and have it checked and maintained in your trusted auto shop. Follow the maintenance schedule of the car to avoid any problems. Change the breaks if there is a need. Do not wait until the pads are too thin.
3. Follow the traffic signs
Before any travel, plan your trip and the places you will go. If you can ask friends familiar with the place, on how to drive in the area, do so. If there is no way to get information, drive cautiously and look out for the signs in the area. Keep your mind sharp, follow the signals and signs, and approach slowly and be aware of each intersection.
4. Look For big trucks or trailer
When driving on a highway, look out for big trucks. Always keep longer and safe distance when near big trucks or trailer. Always be careful in overtaking. If you can wait, then wait. Your life is more important than speeding up and meeting an accident. Big trucks take a longer time to stop. Thus, wait until the truck has cleared the area before following.
5. Be Aware
Always drive in the right condition. Driving with a sharp mind and good physical condition prevents any mishap. Check the car before driving. Put gas if it is low. Put air if the tires are soft. Test the breaks, lights and make sure all parts of the car is functioning. Always know your surroundings. Check all your mirrors, be cautious and make sure you have the area cleared before driving.
6. Follow the speed limit and check your speed.
The speed limit is set for a reason. Be a good citizen and follow the rules. Keep a good distance, most especially in highways at least 3 cars distance before stopping. This gives a good amount of time to break and stop on time. Always take your time and do not speed up in the intersection. The hassle of getting into an accident is more problematic than being delayed or being slow in the intersection.
Watch the video below on how you can get affected by side impact collision: