The responsible drivers at my favorite Los Angeles Ford dealer wanted me to tell you a bit about the types of accidents people are most likely to get in, and how they can be avoided with careful driving and good observation. I’m all about it because there’s nothing worse than taking your new 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL into the best service department in the Chino area right after you buy it! Worse would be needing to browse their extensive Ford inventory online after a crash because it ended up getting totaled. Um, no thanks. Without further ado, here are the most common causes of car accidents and how they can be avoided:
This type of crash accounts for 29-percent of all accidents. Why? I like to blame cell phones, distracted driving or other interference with the driver. Luckily, these types of uh-ohs can be avoided by stowing the cell phone, keeping your eyes on the road and leaving plenty of room between yourself and the car in front of you!
Striking a Parked Car
This happens more often than most people realize! If you’re driving a car that’s larger than your regular ride, make sure you look very carefully while backing up, and don’t rely on just the rear backup cameras! It’s also best not to try to squeeze into a tight spot – you don’t want to get the driver of the other car stuck, either. That can lead to someone accidently-on-purpose hitting your car on-purpose-but-on-accident when they try to leave. Don’t be that driver.
In California, we’re dead smack in the middle of a pretty intense drought, so what do we know about rain? Regardless, you can come across a wet roadway for a myriad of other reasons. The best thing to do is stay calm. When you find yourself driving through standing water, slow down and apply careful, even pressure on the brakes. Otherwise, your car tires become like skis and you have no control whatsoever. Slow and steady.
Not a delicious steak, but when one driver his another smack in the middle of the side of the car. This one is trickier because if someone runs a red light and you’re in the intersection, they’re going to hit you and you can’t do a thing about it. Being aware of your surroundings at all times decreases the chance of an accident (no cell phones!) and your own common sense. If the light turns green but you see someone barreling towards the intersection, waiting a few extra seconds may be the most prudent move you’ve made all day!
Maybe the hardest to avoid, an animal collision can cause some pretty nasty damage to your car. If you’re driving at night, especially in a rural area, slow down and use your high beams. If it’s really desolate, feel free to turn your music up, to scare off/warn any nocturnal animals that may try to cross the road.
I’m absolutely certain that you’re probably aware of all these tips, but a refresher course never hurts! The good folks at Chino Hills Ford hope you’re having a happy and safe summer, and would like to invite you to swing by anytime to see what deals they have going on! They’d also like you to know that they have affordable AXZ Plan financing options if you happen to find a new 2015 Mustang that catches your eye! Drive safe, and keep that cell phone turned off for your drive!