Wednesday, February 4, 2009

7 Ways To Avoid Traffic Tickets

Over 90 percent of automobile accidents are avoidable. The following are six such instances where you can completely circumvent collisions with a little common-sense and precaution.

Intersection Errors. According to the Federal Highway Administration, intersection and intersection-related crashes make up approximately 23 percent of all fatal crashes, and more than half of all fatal and injury crashes occur at intersections. Look around carefully and always proceed with caution into an intersection, even if you have the right of way.

Inattention. Pay close attention on your own driving, other drivers, pedestrians, and driving conditions.

Following too Close. Most rear-end accidents are caused by tailgating, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Maintain a 3-second following distance from the car in front of you, except in hazardous weather conditions where you should maintain a 4- or 5-car following distance.

Vehicle Malfunction. Have regular checkups, particularly of wiper fluid, brakes, and tires, and replace wiper blades whenever they are worn.

Dangerous Roads. Ice (which tends to develop more frequently on bridges, overpasses, shady spots, and intersections), snow, fog, and rain conditions require slower speeds and much greater caution.

Unsafe Speeds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “the economic cost of speeding-related crashes is estimated to be $40.4 billion each year.”
Excessive speed reduces reaction time and greatly increases impact and injuries.
Improper Lane Changes. Before you change, check all mirrors, and signal long before you change. Also, watch for the other vehicles.
About The Author: Tracy Myers is commonly referred to as "The Automotive Transportation & Financial Expert". Tracy Myers lives in Lewisville, North Carolina with his wife Lorna and their 2 children. Tracy has spent the past 15+ years trying to change the landscape of the car business and the bruised reputation of car salespeople all over the country. He is the owner of Frank Myers Auto Maxx in Winston-Salem, NC. Tracy is a Certified Master Dealer, an NIADA Eagle Award Winner and was named the National Quality Dealer of the Year by the NIADA. He was recently recognized as one of the Top 28 Independent Automotive Retailer in the United States by Auto Dealer Monthly Magazine, one of the Top 3 dealerships to work for in the country by The Dealer Business Journal&one; of the Top 100 Small Businesses in NC by Triad Business Leader Magazine (coming in at number 22). Tracy is also the author of the book "Car Buying Secrets Exposed: The Dirty Little Secrets of a Used Car Dealer", available at and at any Frank Myers Auto Maxx location. He is a Christian Business Owner whose goal is to run his business "By the Book". Join Frank Myers Auto Maxx on MySpace HERE!