How to Avoid Accidents While Driving

How to Avoid Accidents While Driving
When you are in your vehicle, you want to know that you are as safe as you can be, and that you are doing everything you possibly can to avoid getting into accidents. Sometimes, this is just unavoidable, and it does happen to most of us at one time or another. But there are also a lot of accidents that could actually be prevented, if people were just doing the things they are supposed to be doing when they are behind the wheel. Here are some  tips to help you avoid getting into accidents and arriving safely instead:

Get plenty of sleep before you drive. If you're tired, ask someone else to drive
Before you start the engine, make sure the warning lights are off, such as the gas line, engine coolant, and engine light. And then check and make sure the tires lines and air are good enough
Never use your cell phone there is no good reason to be talking on a cell phone while you are driving. This is extremely distracting .Put the phone away, and make sure it is turned off so you don’t have the urge to answer it if it rings. If you do need to make a call, wait until you are parked before doing so.
Don’t count on others to always stop at stop signs and signal lights. Drive defensively. Before you enter or leave an intersection, pause and look around to make sure the other drivers are obeying traffic laws and doing what they are supposed to do.
Keep your eyes on the road When you are driving, you should be doing just that and nothing else. Don’t let things going on inside the car distract you from the task at hand. The car is not the place for multi-tasking If you are not concentrating solely on your driving, you are risking an accident, because you will not be prepared for anything that is up ahead.
Do not drive impaired. Don't drink alcohol, take drugs, or drive when you're sick
Turn on your headlights whenever you’re driving on two-lane roads and highways . It’s all about making yourself visible when you are in potentially dangerous driving situations. Give other drivers who may be anxious to pass slow vehicles every chance to see you coming. Never stop on the shoulder of a freeway unless it’s an absolute emergency. If you have no choice but to stop while you’re driving on a freeway, pull off to the side as far as you safely can and use extra caution if you step out of the car.
Use your turn signals. Believe it or not, many drivers still forget to signal when making a turn or simply don’t use their turn signals because they think it’s unimportant.
Have self control. Let people who want to drive faster pass you. Don't worry about showing off. Who cares how fast your car can go? So what if you have to wait an extra light to get through the intersection. If someone blows their horn why not just let them pass? So what if you decide to let the bicycle cross the street? It's no big deal if the truck merges in first. In other words, relax.
Check blind spots before you change lanes. There's always side-streets and parking areas where people can just pull out without you noticing. Checking your blind spots before you move in the next lane always
Be especially careful when you are driving side-by-side with another car for a few minutes. Pull ahead of them or behind for a brief moment to show them that you are still there, just in case they don't check their blind spots.
Ignore aggressive drivers There are going to be some drivers who do some pretty crazy things, like speed and cut other drivers off, you are going to be faced with one of these people. The best thing to do in a case like this is to try and get as far out of their way as possible. If they are crawling up behind you, honking their horn, slow down to let them pass. Don’t play games and just make them angrier. The quicker you can get them away from you, the safer you will be.