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Staying safe on the roads: Tips to avoid a collision

It's fairly obvious that all drivers want to avoid getting into crashes. People don't want to get hurt, and they generally do not want to hurt others. Preventing accidents is easy, though, with the right education.

With simple steps like wearing your seat belt and limiting the number of passengers in your vehicle, it's possible to avoid collisions, injuries and deaths if you are struck. Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

Avoid driving at night

Night driving is always a little more difficult than driving during the day. In fact, the risk of a fatal crash rises three times at night. Until you're comfortable with night driving, avoid it.

New drivers should take it slow

Any new drivers need to take it as slow as possible when they're on the roads. That doesn't necessarily mean driving slowly, but it does mean taking on new challenges at appropriate times. Avoid high-volume traffic areas until you're comfortable driving your vehicle.

Avoid distractions

Finally, avoid all distractions. This includes, but isn't limited to, driving with too many passengers, eating behind the wheel, texting and driving or talking on a phone while driving. Distractions may take your mind off what you're doing, and can lead to you taking eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.

Between distractions, new drivers, night driving issues and other concerns, it's no wonder that there are so many crashes taking place each day. With good education and practice, it's possible to stay safe and avoid a fatal motor vehicle accident, though. Take your time when driving, and you can help yourself and your family avoid a serious collision.

Source: Geico, "Top Ten Tips To Avoid An Accident," accessed April 12, 2018

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