Whether you are new to driving the roads of Florida or are an experienced driver who has been driving for years, chances are you would never want to be involved in a car accident if you could avoid it. While you cannot control the actions of others, your vigilance and care to adhere to the rules of the road can undoubtedly decrease your risks of being in a collision.

Driving can be fun and allow you the flexibility to travel from one destination to another without having to rely on another person or public transportation. However, it is also a privilege that should be treated as such. When you are preparing to drive, it should be the only thing you plan to do until you arrive safely at your destination.

Avoiding a car accident

According to Consumer Reports, there are several dangerous behaviors that can exponentially increase your risk of getting into an accident. These include the following:

  • Breaking the speed limit and driving recklessly.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Continuing to drive a vehicle that is compromised or poorly maintained.
  • Participating in other activities while driving including using a cellphone, eating or talking with passengers.

Staying focused on the road

If you are aware of your actions and are committed to driving safely, you can be confident that your behavior will help to protect you. Additionally, if you practice awareness, you may be better able to navigate hazards such as other drivers who may be distracted, road debris and inclement weather. Even in situations where you may be completely unable to avoid a collision caused by someone or something else, your awareness may allow you to react in a manner that could prevent serious injury.