1. Drunk driving: Unfortunately, due to drunk drivers, we as a nation experience one death every half hour. The number rises throughout the weekends. Though it could be a difficult task, avoid drunk drivers whenever possible. Be sure to call in suspicious drivers as well.
2. Sleep deprivation: Drivers should never go behind the wheel when they are sleepy. Drowsiness does in fact cause a great deal of vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, the problem of sleep deprivation robs many people of their lives year after year.
3. Poor vehicle maintenance: Some car owners should be re-taught the lessons of the road. Be sure that all your car lights work both on the inside and out. You should also change your filters when needed and get your car services on a regular basis.
4. Safety consciousness: Accidents may be caused by drivers who are in a rush to take off. Responsible drivers will always adjust mirrors before driving. They also look over their shoulders when changing lanes or experiencing a blind spot, and they always have their headlights on in the dark. People who fail to do this contribute to many degrees of car accidents.
5. Traffic rules ignored: Following traffic rules will not only benefit your safety, but all the other drivers on the road as well. Be sure to stop at all stop signs, use your signals accordingly, and most of all, be observant. Sometimes traffic laws change and especially on highways, not following protocol can be a life or death situation.
6. Concentration or lack of it: Studies have shown us that about 30% of American car accidents are caused by what they call "distracted drivers." These drivers are just as dangerous as sleepy or drunk drivers. Avoid any activities that take your attention off the road, and wait to get home to eat meals and apply makeup.
7. Aggressive drivers and "Road Rage": Some drivers operate their vehicles without any regards or concern for others. Some of them aggressively tailgate which can result in horrible accidents and sometimes death. A lot of times drivers prevent others from moving their vehicles, or constantly swerve in and out of lanes which deters the flow of traffic. It's important not to become enraged and especially not to retaliate. In the long run, that person will definitely not outlive you.
8. Bad weather conditions: Of course, weather has a lot to do with the flow of traffic. If you are not careful, a collision can occur in the matter of minutes. Poor visibility, a vehicle's delayed reaction, as well as heavy hail, snow, or ice contributes to several annual crashes.