Superior Auto Body Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and we have been an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons we have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that we offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require our services. We offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for our clients..and to help out we will also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest Saskatoon auto body article, we share the top 10 causes of car accidents.
Avoid These and You Will Avoid Accidents
Most people won’t be able to go their entire lives without ever being involved in an accident. Some manage to only have a minor fender bender, others seem to have bad luck and get into more than one major accident.
How are there such big variations? How do some people seem to be luckier, even though they drive more than most people? It comes down to what are the biggest causes of accidents, being aware of them, and avoiding them when possible. So, we have compiled a list of the top 10 causes of car accidents and collisions. Review it, and learn to avoid these situations!
Top 10 Causes of Car Accidents
Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is more than just texting and driving. It’s anything that distracts you from the task at hand. A full quarter of all fatal accidents are due to distracted driving. It’s not surprising that accidents involving teenage drivers report that there majority were distracted.
Speeding – The saying, “speed kills” isn’t just hyperbole. It’s the truth. These accidents are a little less common than distracted driving, but they’re slightly more deadly.
Slow down and arrive alive.
Drunk Driving – Fortunately drunk driving has decreased considerably over the years. Unfortunately, even with ride-sharing services such as Uber in Saskatoon and many cities around the country, it’s still a problem, especially in Saskatchewan. Drunk driving deaths in Saskatchewan was down 32% in 2017, however 40% of all fatal collisions and 6% of injury collisions involved a drinking driver. Often the drunk driver themselves aren’t the victims.
“The fact that we’re seeing fewer collisions, injuries and fatalities attributed to impaired driving has us cautiously optimistic that attitudes and behaviours are changing in our province,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said in a press release.
However, in a world of cell phones, there’s no excuse to ever get behind the wheel impaired.
Impaired-driving deaths, injuries since 2012:
- 2012: 72 deaths, 756 injuries.
- 2013: 43 deaths, 613 injuries.
- 2014: 60 deaths, 560 injuries.
- 2015: 54 deaths, 586 injuries.
- 2016: 57 deaths, 464 injuries.
- 2017: 39 deaths, 340 injuries.
Reckless Driving – Reckless driving, not wreckless driving, is still a major issue that is generally found in those that are young and inexperienced drivers. It can include excessive speeding as well as just about any other dangerous driving maneuvres. Reckless driving comprises about 30% of fatal crashes.
Rain – Rain, and other weather can’t be controlled. Rain is the cause of more accidents than snow and ice. The reason is that most people don’t see rain as dangerous, and don’t adjust their driving habits. But when the roads are wet, they can be just as slick as ice. The majority of all crashes (no matter what other cause) happen when the pavement is wet.
Running a Red Light – Failure to stop at a red light is a sure-fire way to get in a wreck. Cross-traffic is almost always going to be present, and you have a very slim chance of making it through the intersection unscathed.
Running a Stop Sign – Causing slightly fewer wrecks is the act of running a stop sign. The only reason is that stop signs generally mean an area of lower traffic than a stoplight.
Inexperienced Drivers – You get better at any skill the more you practice it. Those jumping behind the wheel are going to have a slower reaction time because they simply have not had a chance to perfect their skills. Drivers aged 16 to 17 are 9 times more likely to be involved in a crash than adults.
Driving at Night – When you can’t see as well, you can’t react as fast. There are three times as many fatal car crashes at night than during the day. Fatigue, rush hour, worse weather (in winter), and alcohol all play into that as well.
Vehicle Defects – Rounding out number 10 is the fact that sometimes vehicles are defective. Often these defects are caught and recalls are issues. Sometimes they are due to lack of maintenance or modifications.
Our team at Superior take pride in their workmanship… as we always say,
“When we get through it’s just like new”.
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