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How can you reduce crash risk at intersections?

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2023 | Car Accidents

If you look at crash statistics, you will see that intersections are one of the most dangerous points on any road. The mix of vehicles moving across each other can understandably cause issues.

It’s unlikely you can avoid intersections altogether, so what can you do?

Stop turning left so much

Making a left turn carries a higher crash risk than turning right at an intersection, with research showing 61% of incidents happen to someone making a left turn. The reason is that you must cross the oncoming traffic. That involves you and the other driver both calculating each other’s timings and trajectories correctly. If one of you gets it slightly wrong, a collision will likely occur.

Changing your route to eliminate left turns (or at least reduce the number of them) might be much easier than you think. What’s more, it won’t necessarily take longer. While you might have to drive a little further, the average right turn involves less waiting time, so will help balance out the extra distance you need to cover.

Try it and see

You have nothing to lose by giving it a go. Just remember to work out your route before you start driving to avoid distracting yourself with the map or satnav once you start.

While reducing left turns can reduce the risk of a collision with another vehicle, it can’t prevent it altogether. Staying safe depends on so many things, and it only takes one moment’s negligence from another driver to end your journey and leave you hospitalized. If this happens, understanding how to hold them responsible will be crucial to your chances of getting the compensation you need.

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