No one wants to be injured in a crash because of the mistakes of another driver. However, the odds are good that you are making a few of your own (since everyone makes mistakes). Here are three driver mistakes that can cause or make a crash worse:
Wearing Yellow Night Vision Glasses
Yellow tint certainly has its benefits for day driving in foggy conditions. However, any tint regardless of color, reduces the amount of light your eyes receive. This is never a good thing at night when your eyes need as much light as possible to see the road. The yellow tint only makes it seem as though you can see better.
As a side note, if you wear prescription glasses, consider getting an anti-reflective (AR) coating on your lenses. This prevents light from reflecting off the front of the lens and, therefore, allows more light through the lens to your eye. It also prevents light from reflecting off the inside lens surface, which produces unwanted glare.
Placing Your Hands at the 10 and 2 O’Clock Positions
You may have been taught this when getting your license if you’ve been driving for a long time. Although this was commonly taught for decades, it can cause broken arms in today’s cars. Using the 10 and 2 o’clock hand positions places your arms over the steering wheel airbag. This places your arms in the airbag’s inflation zone. Use the 9 and 3 o’clock positions instead.
Reclining Your Seat Too Far
Whether you’re the driver or passenger of a car, reclining your seat too far can be fatal if you get into an accident. This is a common thing that passengers do on long road trips in order to get some sleep. However, your shoulder belts were designed for use when sitting in an upright position. Reclining your seat too far will cause you to slide violently forward underneath the belt in a crash. The shoulder belt has caused horrific and fatal injuries when used in this way.
If another’s negligent driving injured you in a car accident, contact us today for legal advice and help.