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While we understand that not-at-fault car accidents can’t always be avoided, when it comes to general road safety, there are small changes everyone can make to ensure driving is as safe as possible. It is often the little things that can be the causes of big accidents, and these tend to be simple actions that experienced drivers don’t take seriously enough.

Here are some of the simplest yet most common mistakes that often cause both major and minor collisions:

1. Tailgating

Everyone has experienced driving somewhere in a rush, and this tends to be the most tempting time to start tailgating. If you leave a comfortable three-second cushion between your car and the one in front, you’ll decrease the risk of going into the back of someone if they brake suddenly. Don’t forget, if you’re the car behind, it’s almost always your fault when it comes to a collision, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to react if something happens.

2. Distractions

While this sounds fairly self-explanatory, self-inflicted distractions continue to be the cause of many road accidents. Texting whilst driving is a definite no. Cars with more advanced technology allow you to speak on the phone through the vehicle, which is safer, but still not completely harmless. Most drivers would say that the smaller distractions such as listening to music or eating will never cause an accident. However, anything that means you are not fully focussed on the road puts you and other people at risk.

3. Faulty cars

It is important to regularly check the condition of your car before driving, especially throughout poor weather conditions when the risk of accidents is always increased. This includes maintenance of individual parts. Tyre condition, air pressure, brakes and oil should be regularly assessed, whether this is by yourself or a professional.

4. Driving at night

While you might be comfortable driving at night, most accidents occur at this time. It’s always more difficult to see, and you’re almost always more tired, slowing your reaction times. We know it sometimes can’t be avoided, but where possible, leave driving until daylight hours.

If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to a not at fault accident rental car. Get in touch to find out more.