Car crashes can occur because of bad weather, road hazards, and defective car parts, but they are often caused by a driver's mistake. Here's a look at some of the most common driver errors that lead to car accidents:
Failing to Use Signals
Drivers must use their turn signals when changing lanes or turning so other drivers on the road know what to expect. But unfortunately, many drivers fail to use their turning signals, which leaves little time for other drivers to get out of the way to avoid a collision.
You never know what other drivers on the road are thinking, which is why it's best to never make assumptions about what they plan on doing. Making assumptions often leads to car accidents. For example, if you are stopped at a red light behind another vehicle and the light turns green, don't assume that the car in front of you will immediately move forward. A driver that makes this assumption could crash into the back of the car in front of him if that driver is not paying attention to the light or having car trouble.
Driving Too Fast
Every driver should obey the speed limit, but some drivers fail to do so. Speeding is always a bad idea, but it becomes especially dangerous in certain situations. For instance, drivers should know to slow down when the roads are wet from rain or when approaching a sharp curve. They should also slow down if traffic is bad and the roads are congested. In these situations, speeding will most likely lead to an accident.
Failing to Yield
To avoid accidents, drivers must know when it is their responsibility to yield to oncoming traffic. A driver that is merging onto the highway, for instance, should never expect the oncoming traffic to stop in order to let him squeeze in. It is the driver's responsibility to yield to traffic and look for an opportunity to safely enter the highway. There will not always be a yield sign to remind drivers of this responsibility, which is why this is one of the most common types of errors.
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