We all want to keep our families safe, and one of the most important places where this needs to happen is on the roads. When you are driving with your family in tow, you need to feel as safe and secure as possible. If you don’t, it can quickly mean that you and your family do not have the chance to enjoy the trip. In order to do that, you need to know as much as you can about the various causes of car accidents. Looking at the statistics should help you to keep your family as safe as possible. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most common causes of road accidents today.
In many sources today, you will find that distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents on the road. Of course, this does mean that you should do everything to keep distractions to a minimum while you are on the roads. There is not a great deal that you can do about distractions outside the car, but you can have more control over conditions inside the vehicle. As such, it pays to pay attention to what is going on in the car so you can keep your family as safe as possible. Funnily enough, the children themselves are actually one of the most common distractions, so do everything you can to keep them busy in the back. This could mean having some kind of in-car entertainment or just engaging them in gentle conversation, depending on their age. However, you do it, minimising distraction for the driver must be the most important thing of all here.
Next up, according to most sources, is bad weather. Again, in general, there is very little that you can do about the weather. Something you can do, however, is preparing for every eventuality as best as you can. The more you prepare, the better a situation you are in – and this will be particularly true if you need to contact Keller & Keller’s office for car accident cases after an accident. If you can show that you took every possible precaution, you will definitely be in the much stronger position, so that is worth remembering. If it is extremely bad weather, of course, then you should feel free not to drive at all, unless the journey is absolutely essential.
Although many people think that speeding is the most common cause of road accidents, when you take the global statistics, it is generally around the third or fourth most common. However, something you can say about it is that it is very easy to avoid this kind of crash cause. If you make the effort to keep your speed down as much as possible as often as possible, then you are doing plenty to keep your family safe on the roads. Speeding is usually accidental, a gradual trickling up until you suddenly notice you are doing it. So being more mindful as you drive might be the best bet here.
Therese has completed the ‘Advanced Child Car Seat Training Course’ at TRL (Transport Research Lab) and is a CPD accredited car seat expert. She blogs about in-car safety, car seats, tips, reviews, giveaways and advice. She’s a mum on a mission to change the law and raise awareness. She is also a breastfeeding advocate and gentle parenting promoter who loves cloth nappies, baby-wearing, BLW and co-sleeping/bed-sharing.