On my way into work this morning I noticed, and heard the car in front of me tailgating and honking at the car in front of him. We were on a two lane stretch of residential road where the speed limit was 35 miles per hour and there are plenty of school buses and children around. As far as I could tell the car that the driver was honking ats only problem was that they were going the speed limit (which obviously was too slow for the guy in front of me). As he was throwing up his hands in frustration he whipped his car around and passed the driver in front of him. Thankfully no one was injured, but this is something I see more and more often as a cause of car accidents...impatience and being in a hurry.
Being late for work does not justify putting other people and yourself in danger. Use these simple tips to avoid a car accident.
1. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to where you are going
2. Use http://www.navbug.com/washington/bellevue_traffic.htm to check traffic conditions that may slow you down.
3. Use your smart phone to find alternate routes if you get frustrated with sitting in traffic
4. Take a deep breath!
If you live and drive in Washington, you live and drive in the rain. Driving in rainy conditions can at times be a treacherous feat, so here are a few tips for safely driving on our wet roads.
1. Reduce your speed. There is no place you need to be so bad that you drive too fast for the conditions.
2. Turn on your headlights. Make sure you can see the people driving around you and that they can see you.
3. Increase your driving distance. Make sure you have plenty of room to stop when there are slippery conditions.
4. Be more alert. Put down the phone, set the radio before you start driving, put down the Big Mac, and please stop doing your make up.
5. Make certain that your wipers and defroster and in good working order
6. Be very careful around big trucks. Semi's prevent you from seeing the road fully, and can kick up standing water blocking your visibility for a moment (that's all it takes for a car accident to happen)
Dr. Michael Weir is the clinic director at Bellevue Whiplash Center at Back in Action Chiropractic. We will also be hosting a variety of relevant guest bloggers to help you understand your injuries better.