- Obey all traffic lights and traffic signs.
- Stop completely at all stop signs.
- Slow down when the light turns yellow; don’t try to beat the light.
- Don’t assume that other drivers will stop just because of a stop sign or traffic signal.
- Before passing through an intersection, carefully check both ways for drivers running the light or stop sign. Watch out for drivers speeding through the intersection, trying to beat the light.
- Don’t hit the gas as soon as the light turns green; make sure it is the light for your lane, so that you don’t accidentally go when the turn arrow changes to green.
- Don’t speed through intersections. Driving at the designated speed will better equip you to notice and react to unexpected situations, such as another vehicle crossing through your path, a pedestrian crossing the street, or an object in the road.
- In residential areas, always be on the lookout for children crossing the street.
- If you are making a left-hand turn, look carefully for vehicles, motorcycles, or bicyclists that are traveling straight down the lane.
- Always use your signal when turning, and pay attention to other vehicles’ signals.
- Make sure you use your headlights at dawn, dusk, and night so that you are visible to other drivers.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Prevent Intersection Accidents
Countless intersection accidents occur in Nevada and across the country each day on busy streets and in quiet neighborhoods. Intersection accidents typically involve head-on or T-bone collisions, which often result in catastrophic injuries and extensive property damage.
Intersection accidents are largely preventable, and most are caused by drivers speeding, driving recklessly, driving while distracted, and driving under the influence. Although you cannot predict what other motorists will do, we have provided a number of safety tips that can help you protect yourself and avoid intersection accidents.