Doing Your Part to Avoid a Collision


Even though traffic collisions are commonly called “car accidents,” there’s a lot that drivers can do to prevent them. Sure, most crashes are “accidents,” however, aside from automotive defects, the kind that is made by automotive manufacturers, the bulk of accidents are the result of driver negligence. In other words, if most drivers were being more careful, the accident could have been prevented.

Most crashes in Colorado are caused by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, distracted driving, speeding, failure to yield, tailgating, and running stop signs and stoplights. As you can see, there’s a lot that drivers can do to prevent all of the above.

Tips to Drive Safe

We all have to share the road with each other, which means we not only have a duty to protect ourselves but other drivers and passengers on the roadway. To do what you can to avoid a collision, you’ll need to drive defensively and be cautious when you drive. To help you achieve those goals, follow these safe driving tips every time you’re behind the wheel:

  • Do NOT text while driving. If you need to send or read a text, pull over to someplace safe first.
  • Always wear your seat belt and insist that your passengers do the same.
  • Slow down for conditions. For example, if there’s traffic, road construction, rain, high winds, or children around, slow down.
  • Be a friendly driver – be courteous and yield to other drivers.
  • Don’t drive when you’re angry as this can lead to speeding and aggressive driving.
  • Always maintain a safe following distance as this gives you room to stop if the car in front of you slams on its brakes.
  • Before entering an intersection, look both ways.
  • Avoid driving through the night or while fatigued – drowsy driving kills!
  • Every time you change lanes, use your turn signal.
  • Always come to a complete stop at stop signs.
  • Don’t run red lights.
  • Never drive if you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a federal organization that actively works toward eliminating risky driving behaviors, such as drunk driving, drug-impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and drowsy driving. For additional information about these dangerous driving behaviors from the NHTSA, click here.

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