Tag: safe driving
It may come as no surprise to Austin drivers that major collisions are a problem in the capitol city. Accidents in Texas caused over 3,700 deaths on the roads in 2017, and over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury in crashes.
With more than 675,000 miles of highways in Texas, there is a lot of ground for drivers to cover, and many drivers unfamiliar with the roads. Drivers should know where the most accident-prone highways are near them so they can use caution.
Most dangerous highways in Austin
If you live in Austin and hear the traffic reports, you may not be surprised at the highways that made a list of most dangerous highways in a recent study. There are five highways that were ranked among the deadliest.
Those highways are U.S. 290, State Highway 71, U.S 183, Interstate 35, and FM 734. During the period of the study from 2013 to 2015, there are 127 fatalities along these roads.
Driving on dangerous highways
Avoiding congested highways in the Austin area may be impossible if you commute daily to work. Here are some tips to drive cautiously and safely in commuter traffic:
- Pay attention! Use your mirrors and be aware of the cars around you. Knowing where things are ahead of time can help you maneuver quickly if you need to navigate or avoid a collision.
- Check the speed limit. It may be tempting to speed up when traffic around you picks up, but moving fast can increase your chances of a collision – especially if another unexpected slowdown arises.
- Put up the phone and drive. It is not only against the law in Austin, it can cause a serious car accident. Use hands-free technology if you have it (set it up before you drive) or simply turn your phone on silent and put away out of sight.
- Have a plan. Using a GPS or knowing your route ahead of time can save you from confusion. Some of Austin’s exits and roads are narrow or hard to spot. Knowing where you’re going will prevent you from making last-minute lane changes, increasing your chances of a collision.
- Keep your necessities handy. If you typically use a water bottle, tissues, sunglasses, or anything else you might need on the road, keep them within easy arms reach so you’re not distracted trying to get them from a bag or the backseat.
Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, an Austin body shop, has been part of the Austin community for more than 60 years. Our body shop team has watched the city grow and the roads expand. We have repaired thousands of cars involved in accidents over the years, and we take pride in providing the highest quality auto body repair. If you are in a collision, our certified technicians will take care of your vehicle. Use our Smart Estimating Tool to schedule a free estimate so you can get back on the road.
Driving in the rain can be scary, especially when you’re surrounded by other drivers on the road. It’s estimated that approximately 24% of crashes each year are caused by wet road surfaces.
Being aware of simple tips to make driving in the rain safer will ease the anxiety caused by driving on wet roads.
5 Tips for Driving on Wet Roads:
1) Allow Extra Time
Many drivers don’t drive with necessary caution during a storm, resulting in car accidents. Rain often decreases visibility which means driving more slowly is necessary. If at all possible, avoid driving until the storm has passed. Even better, wait until the roads are dry.
2) Remain Calm
Anxiety compounds poor driving decisions and can interfere with good concentration. Remember to drive slowly, be aware of your surroundings and pay close attention to other drivers and how they’re reacting to driving on wet roads. Defensive driving is important when driving in bad weather.
3) Turn on Headlights
Most newer cars come equipped with daytime running lights, but turning on your headlights makes you much more visible to other drivers.
4) Get Rid of Distractions
Driving while distracted is an unfortunate habit many drivers get into. There’s no time more important than driving in adverse weather to be sure you’re giving your full attention to the task at hand – arriving safely at your destination. Turn off the radio, silence cell phones and ask passengers to allow you to fully concentrate on driving.
5) Prepare Ahead with Preventative Maintenance
Making sure your tires have adequate tread and proper air pressure is vitally important to prevent hydroplaning on wet road surfaces.
Driving safely in inclement weather is possible. Remember than not everyone is adequately prepared, so be even more cautious of other drivers as you navigate your way through driving during a thunderstorm.