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How to stay safe on busy roadways this summer

The excitement of summer inevitably leads to more drivers on the road, and interstates throughout Arizona can face heavy traffic. Along with the increase of vehicles on the highway, serious traffic accidents can also be expected to occur at higher rates. Historically speaking, accident rates tend to increase around summer holidays, like Memorial Day and the 4th of July, and continue through the end of summer in most parts of the country.

Practice safe driving habits

Unfortunately, many accidents are easily avoidable. Tourists and novice drivers often feel overconfident behind the wheel and make simple mistakes. According to current car crash statistics, there are five common causes of accidents:

  • Distracted driving
  • Unsafe driving techniques
  • Driving under the influence
  • Excessive speed
  • Inadequate response time

The best way to avoid accidents during especially high traffic periods is to practice defensive driving habits. Drivers should allow plenty of time to reach their destination and leave at least two car lengths between themselves and the car in front of them.

Responding to accidents and road hazards

Despite best efforts at defensive driving, some accidents are unavoidable. When drivers witness or become involved in an accident, there are a few basic expectations. The first step is to move vehicles safely to the side of the road. This is only appropriate for minor accidents with no associated injuries.

Drivers should contact police or emergency personnel as required. The next step is for drivers to contact their respective insurance companies. Eyewitnesses are an especially helpful resource for police investigators, insurance adjusters and legal representation. They can help authorities piece together what happened without risking a biased opinion that could color the scene.

All drivers should proceed with extreme caution when they join busy roadways. Stay alert and stay focused. Remember the general rules of safe driving habits and how to respond should an automobile accident occur.

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