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How drivers can reduce the risk of a collision

If you are like many people, driving a vehicle is a necessary part of your day, but a car accident can have life-altering implications for both your health and finances.

Most collisions are avoidable. Here are some steps you can take as a driver to reduce your risk on the road.

Limit distractions

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving led to 400,000 injuries in 2018. A common cause of distractions is cell phone use. While operating a vehicle, you should put your phone away or utilize hands-free technology.

Other distractions can also take your mind away from driving. You should only listen to music or podcasts at an appropriate volume and make sure your passengers understand they should not take your attention off the road.

Avoided drowsy driving

Getting behind the wheel of a car when drowsy can have serious consequences, and yet it is all too common.

You should only drive when you are fully awake and able to remain alert to hazards on the road. If you feel too tired, you can use a rideshare app or call a friend or colleague to pick you up.

Drive appropriately for the weather

Inclement weather can make roads unsafe, and many people overestimate their ability to operate a vehicle in these conditions. If possible, you may want to stay home or delay your trip until bad weather passes. If you must drive, you should take precautions to ensure your safety, including driving at a reduced speed.

Accidents still happen even to the most cautious drivers. After a collision, you should seek medical attention for any injuries. You may have options to recover your medical costs.

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