Summer of 2021 in Dallas-Ft. Worth has proved to be a summer of traffic, delays and collisions. Just in the past year, Denton has experienced 12 fatal crashes with 15 fatalities, according to the Denton Record Chronicle. Here are the 5 most common causes of collisions, and how you can avoid them to keep you and your family safe this summer.
- Distracted Driving
Nationwide, one of the leading causes of collisions is distracted driving. Using a cellphone, eating, or applying makeup creates massive potential for a collision. To avoid distracted driving:
- Do not text/call and drive. If you are needing to make a phone call or pull up your maps, safely pull over or into a parking lot and navigate your phone while you’re parked.
- Do not eat while driving.
- Do not apply makeup while driving.
- Do not drive when you are drowsy. If you are feeling sleepy, pull over into a parking lot and get the proper rest needed to arrive at your destination safely.
For more information on distracted driving, read our blog focused on distracted driving.
2. Driving While Impaired
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 28 people die every day in the United State from drunk-driving crashes. In 2019, 10,142 people died from drunk driving accidents. This can be easily avoided and could save many lives.
- Do not drive if you’ve been drinking or if you’ve taken a substance that impairs your ability to drive. This also means not to overestimate your ability to drive while under the influence.
- Stay where you are at for the night.
- Call an Uber, Lyft, or cab.
In an area with many traffic delays, construction, and collisions, it can be tempting to speed to your destination. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is a factor in 1/3 of all collisions in the United States. To avoid speeding, leave early for your destination, allowing for a 15–20-minute traffic delay.
In DFW, the weather can be unpredictable, which can ultimately result in collisions. We’ve published many blogs below about how to manage driving in our inclement weather:
- 5 Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Summer
- 4 Severe Weather Driving Tips for Spring in Texas
- 4 Ways to Stay Safe on Wet Roads
- Winter Weather Driving Tips
5. Road Debris
Road debris is always unexpected and is especially common during the summer months. Shredded truck tires on the road are a product of constant driving and hot pavement. To avoid road debris, stay aware of the road ahead of you. Driving under the speed limit with both hands on the wheel will keep you alert and ready for any debris coming your way.
Following these tips will ensure a safer trip to your destination, no matter where you may go. However, just because you follow these rules doesn’t mean someone else will. If you or a loved one is in need of reliable collision repair, collision repair, hail repair, or post-repair painting work, contact family-owned and operated Color Customs Collision today. We appreciate your business, and stay safe out there.