Some collisions are more dangerous than others, and many accidents can occur due to speeding and not obeying traffic laws.
While it’s always essential to take precautions behind the wheel, being extra vigilant of common collisions may potentially help you avoid them in the first place.
There is nearly always something you can do to avoid an impending collision or reduce its severity.
With this in mind, here are four common accidents between vehicles…
A head-on collision occurs when the front end of your vehicle hits another vehicle or solid object. This can be very dangerous when driving at high speeds.
This type of collision can occur on slippery roads or other weather-related conditions. Other causes of such a collision can be due to unsafe passing and driving on the wrong side of the road. It is important to drive slower in snowy or rainy conditions to give yourself more time to react in a difficult situation i.e. car losing control resulting in a head-on collision. Avoid driver distractions such as using your mobile phone, engaging in conversations with passengers that may distract your driving, and even fiddling with the radio stations too much.
Airbags and seat belts should always be worn for protection and it is always important to remain calm and slow down so that the force of impact will be less severe.
Side-impact collisions happen when another vehicle hits you from the side. An impact from this angle will typically hit near the driver or passenger side.
You must be extra vigilant when driving and always look both ways at stop signs and traffic lights. If you are in a rush for time, don’t speed up to try and catch the yellow light. Always be mindful of your blind spots before changing lanes and overtaking vehicles. It is also important to exercise caution in relation to other drivers changing lanes unexpectedly.
Rear-end collisions occur when a vehicle hits you from the behind. Typically motorists are prone to these collisions in heavy commuter traffic.
Always maintain a sufficient amount of distance between your vehicle and another, this can help you in the event of a driver ahead suddenly slamming on the breaks and then you need to do the same.
Try if possible to avoid sudden movements and stops to allow the vehicles behind you to have enough time to react. In certain situations, if you stop your vehicle unexpectedly and the car behind you hits you, then it could be you that ends up being at fault.
Serious pile-ups can happen when drivers move too quickly and follow too closely on slippery roads. Careless driving can lead to costly settlements for injuries and hefty prices to fix damaged vehicles.
Many of us have suffered a dented bumper over the years, particularly when we first started driving. This type of collision is very common in busy car parks.
It tends to happen when a car is backing out of a parking spot or when there are multiple cars moving in various directions.
It is often hard to see everything around you when reversing from a parking spot. Therefore, it is advisable to check your surroundings before you get into your car, this can help you to further anticipate any unforeseen eventualities. If your vehicle has a rearview camera, it can be a great assistance, however, you should never rely solely on technology to keep your car scratch free.
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