3 Things That Will Reduce Your Chance of Being in a Car Accident

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Whether you’re driving to an interview or simply driving to work, safe driving will determine whether you’ll return to your loved ones and whether you’ll live another day.

I know because one of my best friends is no longer with us due to a car accident.

I hope you find these tips helpful.

This Will Improve Reaction Time, Speed and Focus

When you drive to and from work, you don’t want your reaction time, speed and focus to be less than their very best.

According to Men’s Health advisor, Christopher Winter, M.D.,

“The research that’s coming out now is unequivocal…Sleep—not training or working for another hour—is when your body gets stronger and your mind gets sharper…Lose sleep and your neurons start firing more slowly and working together less efficiently.”

I never thought I’d read two of the coolest athletes touting the benefits of sleep, but here it is,

“Tom Brady…aims to be in bed by 8:30 p.m. LeBron James plans his life around nabbing ten hours of shut-eye.” (1)

In the past three months, I’ve upped my daily sleep schedule to nine hours and I’ve seen a significant difference. I guard that time because I’ve seen what happens when I don’t get enough sleep.

This Will Eliminate Blindspots – It’s Not What You Think

One day God made me hesitate to pull out on the freeway. I’m glad he did because one of those 10 ton trucks was coming around the corner and I would have been obliterated.

I went to Walmart’s Automotive section and bought a Fisheye for both side mirrors. Every car we’ve owned since has had fisheyes. Two are less than ten bucks.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 840,000 blind spot-related accidents occur every year. (2)
Some newer cars offer blind spot detection. But, why would you spring for blind spot detection when you can actually see what’s in your blind spot with a fisheye mirror?
Screen Shot 2019-11-28 at 1.55.26 PMFisheye Mirror

 

This Will Make Your Commute Safer

For a long time, I took the most direct route between home and work.
Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea. As a result, the road was congested and there were more accidents than I’ve ever seen.
After seeing one too many accidents, I did some research. Here’s what I learned,
Part of my commute had Florida’s third highest fatality rate per mile.
Another part had Florida’s thirteenth highest fatality rate per mile. (3)
While not all of us have multiple routes to work, some do and sometimes a little investigation will identify alternative routes we never thought of.
Another reason to search for a safer way to and from work is the following statistic.
“The NHTSA reports that most accidents occur during ‘rush hour,’ between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.” (4)
Now, when I drive to work, I don’t take the most direct route but it’s a lot less busy and I haven’t seen a single accident.
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Clark Finnical is a Career Expert and author. Clark’s first book, Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there), was published in 2017. LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level was published last year.

 

Post originally published on thewiseramerican.com

 

Picture By Thue – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=164725

 

(1) Men’s Health. These Elite Athletes Say Sleep Is Their Secret Weapon.  https://www.menshealth.com/health/a29996698/elite-athletes-sleep-coaches-performance/

(2) Gordon & Partners. Blind Spot Accident Claims https://www.fortheinjured.com/blog/blind-spot-accident/

(3) Stein Law. Study: The Deadliest Roads in Florida. https://www.steinlaw.com/study-the-deadliest-roads-in-florida/

(4) Bactrack. The Most Dangerous Times on the Road https://www.bactrack.com/blogs/expert-center/35042821-the-most-dangerous-times-on-the-road