Simple Ways to Reduce Your Car Accident Risk

Simple Ways to Reduce Your Car Accident Risk

Simple Ways to Reduce Your Car Accident RiskIn 2021, more than 42,000 people died in accidents on American roads. And in the U.S. there are, on average, well over 15,000 auto accidents every day. With accidents being so common, it's all the more important to take basic precautions against getting into one. But if you do get in a wreck, you'll want to be sure that you take your vehicle to a reputable shop for the repairs so that you can trust your vehicle will be restored to a safely operable condition. At Barton's Body Shop, we provide top-quality collision repair in the greater Mount Joy, PA area.

Quick Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents

To help minimize your accident risk, it's important that your windshield doesn't have any blemishes that could obscure your vision of the road ahead. Cracks, chips, and scratches should be repaired as soon as possible. Also, to help prevent the sun's glare from blinding you while driving, it's worth investing in a high-quality pair of polarized sunglasses. And it's also a good idea to wipe down both the inside and outside of your windshield on a weekly basis so that dirt/debris/dead bugs don't make it harder for you to see.

While this might sound obvious, one of the best ways to reduce your accident risk is to simply stay fully focused on driving with both hands on the steering wheel. Distracted driving is the number-one cause of car accidents, mainly because of cell phone use. On average, about 390,000 injuries occur each year in accidents caused by drivers who were texting and driving. In the U.S., about 25% of all accidents are caused by texting and driving. While cell phone use is the primary cause of distracted driving accidents, there are other common distractions that should be avoided while driving, such as makeup application and eating.

It's also important to maintain a safe following distance. When the car in front of you passes an object up ahead, it should take you three seconds to reach that object. In poor weather, this should be increased to at least five seconds, but keeping it closer to ten seconds is safer for more treacherous conditions.

Collision Repair in Mount Joy, PA

When you need collision repair in Mount Joy and the surrounding area, contact Barton's Body Shop at (717) 366-7670. At our nearby body shop, we can expertly address any of your vehicle's cosmetic needs. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

Barton's Body Shop Blog
Posted: October 2022

Written and Published By MORBiZ