During the Summer more people are on the road. Traffic is heavier and we travel greater distances. All of this extra time on the roads increases our chances of being involved in a collision. Statistics show young drivers are more likely to have a collision but it doesn’t make the rest of us immune. We share the roads with drivers young and old and we can all be affected by the mistakes of others. ICC Collison Centers wants all of us to come back alive so here are some of the common causes of collisions.
Being distracted while driving
Cell phones, texting while driving, eating and passengers are all common distractions. While some can be totally eliminated (texting, cell phone and food) others cannot, such as passengers. If you have small children you know it is impossible to not be distracted at least a tiny bit. Crying, temper tantrums or fighting amongst siblings is not something you can just ignore at will. Sometimes the best you can do is pull into a safe location, address the situation and then resume your drive. Cell phones, texting and eating while driving is easily avoided and there is never an excuse to do them while driving. Remember it is not just you on the roads and if you have a collision chances are you will involve at least one other vehicle.
Ignoring traffic signals or speed zones, changing lanes without using signals or checking blind spots all are considered “risky behavior”. The difference in risky behavior and distracted driving is choice. You make a choice to drive in an unsafe manner whereas distracted driving is often the result of ignorance.
Most of us speed occasionally but teens do so at a much higher rate. Teens don’t have a good sense of how a cars speed can affect their response time. On average teens drive faster than all other drivers as a whole. In 2008 studies show that 37% of fatal crashes with 16-20 year old male drivers involved speeding.
Driving under the influence
As long as there has been cars on the roads there has been a problem with driving under the influence. The laws nationwide have become harsher for drivers over the limit. During the holiday season this is a major problem. We all know when we have had too much to drink. There is no excuse for anyone to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Call a taxi, a friend or a parent but do NOT get behind the wheel drunk….period!
Following too closely seriously reduces your response time. It makes the driver in front of you uncomfortable and is an all-around bad idea. If the driver in front of you has to break quickly chances are you will not have enough time to stop without colliding into the back of their vehicle. 99% of the time you will be deemed at fault and will be ticketed. This is a common error teenagers make. Statistics show female drivers between the ages of 16-21 are more likely to tailgate compared to drivers over the age of 22.
Driving when you are extremely tired can be as dangerous as driving under the influence. During the holiday season when we are all on the go to family gatherings or company parties we are all tired. Knowing when we are just too tired get behind the wheel can save not only your life, your passenger’s lives and the lives of countless others on the road.
ICC Collision Centers has several locations to serve you if you do have a collision. Our goal is to not only be here for you if you vehicle needs repairs but to educate you in the common reasons collisions happen. If we all take a few moments before we get behind the wheel to determine if we are ready for that trip we could save thousands of lives.
ICC Collision Centers wants you to know the dangers of driving at any time of the year. Do your part this summer season to make our roads a safer place. Pay attention and always be alert!
ICC Collision Centers
3131 Standard Avenue
Santa Ana, California 92705