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 Cadillac Club: Accident Prevention

Accident Prevention Tips They May Save Your Life

How To Avoid an Accident

My friend Mark has had nothing but trouble with his Cadillac. It has nothing to do with his driving but more the driving of other people as his Cadillac has been hit three times while it was parked. It doesn't surprise me, for the first 11 months of 2006 there have been over 33 million automobile accidents, and the year isnít even over yet. Do you have any idea the number of people who are annually killed in these car accidents?  Close to 50,000 people have died in these accidents, another 5.4 million people received injuries.

That is a lot of people hurt or killed every year. The chances of being involved in an automobile accident, at least once in your life, is highly realistic; however, there area few things that you can do to make it less likely. 

  • Always be alert for dangerous situations like ice or snow
  • Adapt to slippery road conditions
  • Know when and how to use your breaks effectively

 Some of the safety tips below will help you to become alert to potentially dangerous situations. They will also tell you how to improve the probability of you being able to walk away from the crash, and what to do if you are involved in one. Make sure that you have a safety/medical kit aboard your vehicle in case of an emergency. You can get Safety and Accident Products from our friends at Drivewerks.com. It is also a good idea to keep a Car Fire extinguisher in your car. You never know when you might pull up to a car on fire or your car catches fire.

 Being alert to dangerous conditions can improve your driving skills 

Spotting a dangerous situation is not rocket science. But what you do is the key to preventing injuries or death. Here is some useful advice to follow:

        Be expectant - If you are expecting something to happen you are at an advantage. Keep your eyes on the road ahead of you and be prepared to take evasive action at any time. At city driving speeds, scan about a block ahead of you. For highway speeds, scan about 400-500 meters in front of you. That should be plenty of time for you to stop your car and avoid being involved in the accident.

        Donít tailgate - Stay far enough away from the vehicle in front of you so that if they suddenly stop youíll have time to react and stop as well. Most driving experts advise using the below as a guide to judge your following distance:

        Observe the car in front of you pass a stationary reference point such as a tree or shadow on the highway and use that as a guide to actual distance.

        Count ďone-thousand-one, one-thousand-and-two.Ē If your car passes the same spot before you finish counting then youíre following too closely. Slow down and give yourself some more reaction room.

        Avoid tailgaters - If someone is following you too closely, slow down and allow them to pass you. Try not to irritate them by slamming on your breaks or consistently speeding-up. The tailgating personality is a very aggressive personality and they will pass you no matter how fast you speed-up. Road rage also kills and you donít know the state of mind of the other driver.

        Looking for distracted drivers - Keep and eye out for drivers talking on their cell phones, or putting CDís into their car radio, petting their dogs or looking from side to side as if they are lost of looking for an address or worse off site seeing. These drivers often make sudden movements that lead to an accident.

        Crazy drivers - If you see a car on the road being driven erratically try to keep your distance from them. You donít know if the driver is drunk, if the car is malfunctioning, or a number of other potential dangerous variables.

Making sure you are paying attention to road conditions is also a good idea.

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