Accidents happen every day for a variety of reasons. While it is impossible to predict when and where an accident will happen, you can help reduce the chances of getting into a car accident by knowing what to look for. Here are the five most common types of car accidents and how they can be avoided.
A 2017 study conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 29 percent of all accidents were rear-ending. A rear-ending is where a car collides into the back of another vehicle and is usually caused by either driver not paying attention to the road. Distractions such as cell phones, the radio, or even something as small as a bug can end up in disaster. Keep your eyes on the road and be aware of other drivers around you, and it’ll go a long way to help you avoid being rear ended.
#2 Hitting Parked Vehicles
Not all collisions are with other moving cars. One of the most common types of car accidents is with parked vehicles. Being unaware of your surroundings, while parking or pulling out of a parking spot, can result in an accident. A good way to avoid hitting parked cars is to slow down when parking or pulling out of a spot. Also, give yourself a bit more room and park farther away from other cars, this will give you more room later when it’s time to leave. Finding a parking garage is a good one to save your car from such accidents and also to save its exterior from dust and corrosion.
Hydroplaning is the loss of traction between your tires and road due to water. It is most often caused when rain first starts to fall, or liquid builds up, on a dry roadway. If your car starts to slide or hydroplane, turning the wheel won’t directly turn your car and can lead to an accident.
To avoid hydroplaning,drive more slowly and careful when rain or storms first start. Also be sure to slow down for pools of water as even small puddles can cause your car to lose its grip on the road. If you do find yourself hydroplaning, the best thing to do is stop accelerating, but do not jam on the brakes. Slow brake pressure and slowing your car overall will help avoid accidents and get you back in control.
Even if you and other drivers are following the rules of the road, animals won’t be so careful. A collision with a large deer, or even something smaller, can cause major damage to your vehicle. Keep an eye out for animals warning signs in packed areas and be sure to use your high beams at night in rural areas so you’ll see that animal ahead of time.
A 2016 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 27 percent of vehicle collisions resulting in death were sided impact collisions. These high fatality accidents are often caused when one driver is confused about who has right of way. Failure to stop at lights or stop signs also results in side impact accidents. To reduce the chances of being hit from the side, always slow down or stop at intersections and make sure it’s clear before moving. Stopping, instead of trying to make that amber light, is also the safer bet.