Want to avoid an intersection accident? Avoid this common car crash scenario with these simple tips.
Did you know that accidents happen at high rates near intersections? According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, over 50% of accidents that involve an accident or fatality occur at intersections.
When you think about how many intersections you drive through each day, it’s easy to see why it’s critical to practice safe driving.
Protect yourself and others by taking some time to read through these tips for avoiding an intersection accident.
Always Have a Way Out
When approaching an intersection, you should always give yourself multiple options in case an accident happens. For instance, you should maintain at least 15 feet of space between your car and the vehicle in front of you. That way, if the vehicle ahead of you has to stop suddenly, you will be able to avoid rear-ending them.
You should also always leave yourself space to your right and left if possible. Avoiding an intersection accident is possible if you can maneuver out of the way.
Don’t Rush to Cross after a Red Light
How many times have you exceeded the speed limit to make it through a yellow light? Be honest. You’ve probably blown a few red lights in the process, too. Now imagine that you are sitting at a red light. The light turns green, so you start driving. The only problem? Someone driving on the road intersecting with yours was trying to beat their red light and now they can’t stop in time.
Always allow a little time after the light turns green before driving through the intersection.
Never Change Lanes in an Intersection
To be clear, it is illegal to change lanes while in an intersection. Still, people do it. The reason you shouldn’t change lanes in an intersection is that it can cause an accident. Someone turning right onto your road might not realize you are changing lanes.
Just because you have the right of way, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about what other drivers are going to do. When you approach an intersection, it is always a good idea to slow down and scan left and right. If you see a car approaching the intersection too fast, that’s a sign that they have not noticed they have a red light.
You also never know when a pedestrian may step into the road. It’s more likely to happen at an intersection where crosswalks are more abundant.
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