How to Avoid the Dangers on American Roads

There are a few misconceptions around why accidents happen. People might think that you have a higher chance of having an accident on the roads you do not know much. However, people seem to have more troubles near home than far away and unknown places. This could be for two reasons. First of all, most driving takes place around home and work. Secondly, people get comfortable and confident in the roads they know.

According to statistics America’s roads are becoming safer. Traffic related deaths have fallen to lowest levels in 2010 with a 3% drop from a year earlier. However, almost 33,000 people died following crashes. This number is in no way good news and we have only one life. So, what we should look for on the roadways if we do not want to be another statistic ourselves.

One of the key characteristics of accidents in the USA is the fatality rate division between city and country roads. There are a lot more incidents on city roads but they are usually small fender-benders. On the other hand, countryside experiences the most accident related deaths. So, there is a higher chance of having a scrape on urban areas and survival odds are worse in country crashes.

Even though they may just be fender-benders singularly those small accidents in the cities can amount to large pay-outs in total every year. Good thing is that things like auto glass damages happen quite often but they are just financial losses. Since the number of them and cost of dealing with them are high auto insurers will pay considerable amounts. This is one of the reasons why city car insurance rates are higher.

One of the common places for these small incidents is the parking lots. It is better to avoid parking near the entrances of busy places during busy hours. There will be many people rushing in and out and trying to get into those spaces before anyone else that the chance of your automobile being hit is much higher.

City intersections are another statistically significant spots to watch out. In 2008, over thirty percent of crashes happened on busy intersections. These are the locations where the impact of two vehicles travelling in opposite directions can be lethal.

Fatal car crashes can be categorized as single-vehicle, two-vehicle and multi-vehicle crashes. Single-vehicle deadly crashes are most common on highways. On the other hand, two-vehicle collisions are issues common to countryside roads. Countryside has narrow roads with only white markings to separate cars coming opposite directions. A mistake by one of the drivers causes head on collisions and possible fatalities.

Multi-car pile-ups are more likely to occur on heavily traveled highways and interstate roads. They can happen on metropolitan areas too. So, it is wise to watch your speed and stay awake on highways and look for troubles brewing ahead.  In the same way, keep in mind that it is not enough to be keeping your own lane and minding own road in country lanes. Watch out for other drivers coming from opposite direction and tractors and trucks coming from the sideways.

It appears that numbers of fatal crashes are about the same during the night and day. However, there are a lot more cars on the roads during the day than the night and motorists cover three times more miles during the daylight. So, there are more dangerous at night like drunk drivers and drivers who slept at the wheel. They cause a lot more deaths unfortunately and you should watch out for them if you have to travel at night.

Again, people might think that wet, rainy and icy conditions will result in a lot more accidents with deaths. The figure is about fifteen percent. So, there are more collision fatalities on dry conditions. This may be because people speed when the conditions are good and they reduce speed considerably when the weather is heavy. Motorists may be more prepared for winter weather with correct tires and so on as well.

The last point to mind is the curves. While most of the two and multi vehicle accidents happen on straight roads single vehicle accidents are higher on the curves. This is another area to keep in mind while cruising on your own in a wiggly wormy road.  Keep safe out there.

Share on Pinterest
There are no images.