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You may be a good driver, but accidents can still happen. Usually, it isn’t something big you are doing that can cause a problem, but the little things that you didn’t think about. Here are a few things that you should remember to avoid an accident that you could have prevented.

Keep Up on Maintenance

Minor car problems that occur at the wrong time can cause huge problems. Things like a flat tire, dead battery, or brake failure go from annoying to disastrous in seconds if you don’t keep up on your maintenance. Even if it isn’t required by your state, you should get a safety check at least once a year and before every major road trip. These checks will catch little problems and fix them, so you don’t have to deal with them while you are driving.

Avoid Distractions

You cannot remove all distractions while driving, but it’s still possible to stay focused on driving by not multitasking. You know you shouldn’t be using your phone, but that isn’t the only thing that could take your attention off the road. If possible, avoid eating while you are driving, especially if it requires more than just grabbing a handful of something and popping it in your mouth. You should also make sure you aren’t taking off or putting on a jacket unless you are at a complete stop.

Prepare for Weather

The winter season often brings harsh conditions that can cause damage if you aren’t prepared. Winterizing your car is must if you want your car to continue to function properly. Make sure that your oil is thin enough for winter and that you let your engine warm up properly before you try to go somewhere. You should also make sure you have tires with good tread and that your windshield wipers are working properly. Nothing is more dangerous than not being able to see while driving, especially if you are on the freeway.

Ignore the Need for Speed

Even if you are in a rush, don’t speed. No matter what you are late for, it isn’t worth it. When you are late and speeding, you are more likely to tailgate other drivers or switch lanes without signaling. These behaviors may not seem like a problem, but they can reduce your reaction time or cause an accident if you forget to check a blind spot. It’s better to go the speed limit and explain why you are late.

These things may not seem a lot, but it doesn’t take much to ensure your safety on the road. Don’t forget, not only is driving fun, it is a responsibility, and you need to take that seriously. Do your best to keep your car in good condition so you and everyone around you can stay safe.