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Reduce auto accidents by removing distractions, checking tires

Virginians can help reduce car accidents in a number of ways. Though you can't account for the actions of every driver on the road, you can ensure that you are operating your vehicle in as safe a manner as possible. Two things every driver can do to reduce the chance of auto accidents are removing distractions inside the cars and regularly checking tires.

Tires should be in good working condition to facilitate stopping and other maneuvers. Experts recommend that you check your tires on a regular basis. Measure tire tread depth and replace tires if the tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch. One of the easiest ways to check this is to place a penny in the tread with Lincoln's head facing down. If part of Lincoln's head is covered by tread, then your tire is above the minimum recommendation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency says that there are over 600,000 people driving at any given moment who are also using electronic devices or phones. Distracted driving causes many accidents in Virginia and across the nation. According to a university study conducted in another state, distractions may impact drivers as much as drunk driving does. That means distracted drivers are more likely to speed, drive aggressively, hit brakes hard and cause accidents.

Experts recommend not using hand-held devices while driving and making it a point to pay attention to what is going on around you outside of the car. Drivers may also want to turn down music or other noise so they can hear what is happening around them. By watching drivers around them, individuals can react defensively and reduce the chance of or outcome of an accident.

No matter what you do, however, you can never completely reduce the chance of an accident. If you are injured in an accident caused by another driver, a compensation claim for medical expenses and other damages could help you move on with your life.

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