Life is hectic enough without the added stress of an auto accident. Even a minor accident leaves you upset, questioning your driving ability, and with damage to your car that needs to be repaired. And while accidents do happen, it better for everyone if you do your part to help reduce the number of accidents on the road. Following just a few simple tips and reminders can help you avoid making that dreaded call to your insurance company to report an accident.

Eliminate Distractions

Driver distraction is at an all-time high. We have so many electronic devices and entertainment features in today’s vehicles that it can be tough to keep your eyes and mind on the road and your surroundings. From changing the radio to answering a call, text, or email, all of these actions take your attention away from driving. Your environment can change quickly when you are driving at 45 or 65 miles per hour. Stay focused on your driving to reach your destination safely.

Keep Your Vehicle Well Maintained

A little vehicle maintenance and care could have avoided many accidents. You knew that your brakes needed work but had not made the time to get them repaired. And the result is that you could not stop quickly when a light changed. You ended up rear-ending the car in front of you. Or your windshield was old and scratched, creating a nasty glare as you drove into the sun. You never saw the debris in the road until it was too late. And when you panic swerved, you hit another car. All of these issues could have been avoided if you kept your vehicle in proper running order.

Don’t Be In A Hurry In Parking Lots

Most parking lots in California are pretty cramped. That makes it even more essential to take your time and be careful when parking and leaving a parking space. Watch for other drivers who are driving too fast and will not be able to stop when you are backing out of a space. And only park in a space that allows you room to open your door and step out safely.

Look Out For Yourself

Even if you are doing everything right, others might not be. It is crucial that you drive defensively. Watch the other drivers around you for mistakes. And leave enough space between yourself and other vehicles. That added following distance could become crucial when the driver you are following suddenly slams on the brakes to make a turn or take an exit.

Leave Emotions At Home

Life can be stressful. And we all have bad days and bad moods. But there is no place for emotion when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. You need to find a way to remain calm even when you are stuck in traffic and know that you will be arriving at your destination late. Getting angry, screaming at other drivers, and honking your horn will not get you there on time. In fact, it might ensure that you never get to your destination. Road rage is a real hazard. It can take an otherwise level-headed person and make them drive aggressively and dangerously. When you see another person acting out of rage, stay away. There will be no good outcome from interacting or encouraging their behavior.

If you are involved in a vehicle accident, call (818) 643-6971. The experts at Master Craft Auto Body Shop will provide you with a competitive price quote for the repairs your vehicle needs. And ask about the insurance companies that we work with directly to simplify your vehicle repair process.

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