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Car AccidentDid you know that there are steps you can take to avoid a car accident?
  1. Before you start the engine, make sure the warning lights are off, such as the gas line, engine coolant, and engine light.
  2. Keep a watchful eye.  Keep looking around you on both sides of the road.  Constantly check your rear-view mirror.
  3. Check blind spots before you change lanes.  Checking your blind spots before you move in the next land helps avoid side-swiping accidents.
  4. Be careful when you are driving side-by-side with another car for a few minutes.  Pull ahead or behind to get out of the other driver's blind spot.
  5. Look both ways before you enter an intersection, even if you have a green light
  6. Watch for emergency vehicles and give the right-of-way.  Sometimes emergency vehicles drive through red lights or against traffic.
  7. Use signal lights.  When you use the signal light, you are warning others that you want to change lanes.
  8. Follow the laws.  Most people have accidents because they didn't follow the laws.  Speeding and drunk driving are the top two.
  9. Keep a safe distance.  The safe distance depends on the speed.
  10. Plan your driving.  You may want to chose a longer route, or one with less traffic, or is easier to drive.
  11. Keep your vehicle slower than the speed limits at turns or steep roads.  You never know what is going to come from the other side.
  12. Don't let driving distractions make you a statistic.  
  • Cell phone use, texting
  • Reaching for objects in the car
  • Reading
  • Applying makeup
  • Eating while driving
  • Other passengers or pets in the vehicle
  • Turning dials or entries on in-vehicle navigation systems
  • "Sight seeing" out the window
Article source: Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company
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